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CONTEST – CBC Canada Reads – Win a set of Canada Reads books!

Canada Reads logo, with photos of the five books in competition

Enter to win one of two sets of Canada Reads 2019 books, with a CBC Canada Reads tote bag.

You can participate in our Canada Reads contest in two ways:

  1. IN PERSON - By attending a Canada Reads Listening Party at one of the participating branches and filling out a ballot in person. One entry per person.

Find the dates and times of the Canada Reads Listening Parties at these local branches.



  1. ONLINE - In the comment section below this post, tell us, in 100 words or less, which of the five Canada Reads books moved you most and why? The online contest runs from Monday, March 25 to Thursday, March 28. One entry per person


There are two prizes in total: one for all the in-branch entries and one for all the online entries.  Both winners will be contacted by Friday, April 5, via email, phone or Facebook message.

See OPL contest rules


I hope Homes wins the Canada Reads debates as it was not only an excellent story of a young boy's experience as a refugee, living through wars in Iraq and Syria and then challenges adapting to his life in Canada, but it's important to read right now to provide people more perspective about refugees/immigrants/people different from themselves in light of intolerance of Muslims and immigrants.

My vote is for Brother by David Chariandy. I was struck by the similarities in themes between this book and John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. Aside from the common theme of the elusive dream of a better life, Brother proves, once again, that a great story can be packed into just a few pages. Tightly written, raw, and emotional. I'd recommend this book to anyone.

I absolutely love By Chance Alone. I have read many Holocaust memoirs and this one is a powerful addition to that list. It gives hope and inspires the reader to do what is right and good, even in the face of evil. I hope that my grandchildren will read this book.


I would like a chance to win the Canada Reads Books.
Thank you,

Hello Tanya,

To have a change to win the set of Canada Reads books, please tell us which of the five Canada Reads books moved you most and why? :)

I've only read Brother but I have the other four on hold at the library! I loved Brother. Having grown up as a privileged white girl in Mississauga, it allowed me to enter a world I wouldn't normally see, and gave voice to a community that can often be voiceless when it comes to the mainstream GTA news/life. I can't wait to read the others!

I read and really enjoyed Brother - I loved how the ravines of the Rouge Valley played such a prominent role in the story. I felt the book really provided a memorable illustration of the challenges faced by minorities who are recent arrivals to Canada. Recommended.

I haven't read any of the books, and that's why I would like to win them. I reserved "The Woo-Woo" on Overdrive, after hearing about it on the radio. I love autobiographies, real-life stories that teach you about growing up in a certain culture, and how you can both love and live in conflict with certain values that are taught through family and traditions.

Love the idea of Canada Reads format which is so rich as the guests discuss and exchange their different reasons for defending a particular book. It is a concept that I have introduced at school which can get the students to engage further in their world. I am always looking to read non fiction writing, as I am a "life student" myself - learning never ends even when you retire.

Brother by David Chariandy moved me most: a gut-punch of a bildungsroman for the 21st century, illuminating the everyday facts of life for young new Canadians. Kids are kids, they want what all kids want: the fun, the love, the approval. But some have more odds stacked against them than others... Pretty heartbreaking and satisfying read.

Although now eliminated, Suzanne moved me most. It was a unique whirlwind of a story, with the chapter snippets making it feel like we were peeking inside her life along with Anais, without ever fully being able to know what Suzanne was thinking. It told of a piece of Quebec history that I was not familiar with, and the combination of the family drama and the Canadian cultural movement I found breathtaking. I’m always in awe of good translators, and this shows how good they can be.

I was completely drawn into and very moved by this book. After finishing it, I sat quietly for a long time, not wanting to let go of the depth of the experience I had had while reading it.

I haven’t read all the Canada Reads books yet but I look forward to it. That said, so far I have really enjoyed The Woo-Woo. I grew up with a grandmother who we believe had undiagnosed schizophrenia and it was a challenging experience but we never loved her any less. This story is such a real portrayal of familial bonds, through good and bad. Now I also suffer from mental illness and reading about the protagonist’s diagnosis brought tears to my eyes remembering my own. A beautiful and touching, funny, utterly unique book.

I'm hoping for Homes. It is beautifully written, a true story and intensely evocative of situations I cannot fully imagine on my own - growing up in a war zone, forced emigration. And it is also so important in this time of growing xenophobia and Islamophobia to experience such a personal, moving portrayal of a loving Muslim family, just like every other family, supporting each other through hard times. This is the one to move us all, in the direction of compassion.

"By Chance Alone" is such an uplifting book. To read the road travelled by the central character is to experience the terror and sense of loss that the Holocaust caused to a generation. But there is hope at the end which shows that the human spirit can overcome the evil that can be encountered by the innocent. Bravo to this author for sharing his story with us !

I love The Woo-woo by Lindsay Wong. It is an opportunity to experience what it feels to grow in a family with mental illnesses and to be able understand the topic and make it less taboo. I like the way the author uses comedy to describe the situations and her feelings.