Their launch this year was very disappointing to me, because I had been at a Canada Reads launch in the past that was open to the public, where the authors and panelists each gave a short speech and visited with the public. It was very dramatic and exciting- worth the drive to Toronto!
But this year, Canada Reads posted a photo of the panelists with the list of books early in the morning of 'presentation day'.The next day there was a video with each panelist giving a short blurb. No mingling with the public.
Here are the books and panelists:
Chantal is defending "The Right to Be Cold" by Sheila Watt-Cloutier.
Chantal is a singer/songwriter/activist.
She was born in Winnipeg and now lives in Toronto with her husband and three sons.
|Humble the Poet|
Humble the Poet is defending "Fifteen Dogs" by Andre Alexis.
Humble's real name is Kanwer Singh, but he chose a new name for the stage. He is a teacher/ poet/ hip-hop artist with a YouTube channel.
Tamara is defending "Company Town" by Madeline Ashby. She was born in Toronto and is an actress, with a role in "Bones".
Candy is defending "The Break" by Katherena Vermette. She was born in New Brunswick. She is a lawyer/ braoadcaster/ comedian. She has hosted Q radio.