Canada Reads, Côte Saint-Luc-style

The popular annual book debate Canada Reads returns to the CBC airwaves in mid-March and the Côte Saint-Luc Library is getting in on the action.

On Thursday, March 12 at 7 pm, five Côte Saint-Luc librarians will defend their choice of one of the five books in contention at a high-spirited round-table debate at the library. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

“Canada Reads is an important annual literary event, and we want Côte Saint-Luc to be a part of it,” said Library Director Janine West. “Book-lovers can come to our debate to hear a personalized case made for each book by our librarians. When the CBC debate airs the next week, readers will have a fresh perspective on the books in the running.”

The theme of this year’s debate is “One Book to Break Barriers” and it features five books, both fiction and non-fiction, that question stereotypes and bring important issues to light. The shortlisted books are Ru by Montreal writer Kim Thúy (translated by Sheila Fischman), Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes by Kamal Al-Solaylee, The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King, And the Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucier (translated by Rhonda Mullins), and When Everything Feels like the Movies by Raziel Reid.

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