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CBC's 'Canada Reads' unveils books and panellists who will defend them

January 20, 2015 - 7:38 AM

TORONTO - Acclaimed books about teenage sexuality, the immigrant experience, and the treatment of aboriginal people in this country are among the selections for CBC's "Canada Reads" competition.

The short list of books to be debated by high-profile personalities in the annual literary event includes the young-adult title "When Everything Feels Like the Movies" by Vancouver-based Raziel Reid, which recently won a Governor General's Literary Award.

The novel is inspired by the true story of Lawrence (Larry) Fobes King, an openly gay 15 year old who was shot to death by an eighth grade classmate inside a school in Oxnard, Calif., in 2008. The incident happened after he'd asked the teen who was convicted in his murder to be his valentine.

Defending the book will be Elaine Lui, a famed gossip blogger and co-host on the CTV daytime talk show "The Social."

Also part of the competition is the Governor General's Award-winning "Ru" by Montreal-based Kim Thuy, about a Vietnamese family adjusting to a new life in Quebec.

It will be championed by Cameron Bailey, artistic director of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Meanwhile, children's rights activist Craig Kielburger will be on the panel with "The Inconvenient Indian" by Thomas King of Guelph, Ont., which has won a British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and an RBC Taylor Prize.

The short list is rounded out by "And the Birds Rained Down" by Jocelyne Saucier, which will be championed by singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright, and "Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes" by Kamal Al-Solaylee, which will be defended by actress Kristin Kreuk.

Wab Kinew will host this year's instalment of "Canada Reads," replacing fired CBC Radio personality Jian Ghomeshi.

The week-long contest sees Canadian personalities defending a homegrown book — either fiction or non-fiction — in a series of debates that air on the public broadcaster's radio, TV and online platforms. The books are eliminated one by one until a winner is declared.

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