Canada Reads 2022

It's time for Canada Reads! CBC's annual book battle has been getting people listening, watching, and reading, since it first aired as a radio show in 2002. Learn more about the shortlisted books below, and check out our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram next week for readalikes and related books recommended by our librarians.

Five Little Indians by Michelle Good - Canada Reads 2022 Winner: A heartbreaking tale of five survivors who come to terms with their past and find their way forward! Filled with triumph, survival and healing, and told with compassion, this is a powerful book! Five Little Indians is Michelle Good's debut novel. She has also written The Sky Has Reasons to Cry: Essays.

Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez: Despite the challenges of living in a poverty stricken suburb of the big city, love compassion and strength flourish to keep the community together. Hard to put down and a must read if you've ever lived in Scarborough! Scarborough is Catherine Hernandez's debut novel. She has also written M for Moustache: A Pride ABC, Crosshairs and I Promise.

What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad: Written through the eyes of a child, this book follows the heart wrenching journey of a young Syrian boy fleeing his homeland. Beautifully written and riveting, one can't help but think of our real world plight of the refugee. What Strange Paradise is Omar El Akkad's latest novel. His debut novel was 'American War' and he has also written a short story 'Government Slots'

Life in the City of Dirty Water by Clayton Thomas-Muller: Reconnecting with his Cree heritage after years of trauma, this honest and moving memoir tells the story of resilience and inspiration! Raw and emotional, at times gritty, this book is a powerful read Life in the City of Dirty Water is Clayton Thomas-Muller's first book.

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan: Delving into the life of a slave boy who ends up travelling the world, this historical adventure story is influenced by tales of the fantastic! Unexpected twists and turns certainly make for an interesting read! Esi Edugyan has published many books, including The Second Life of Samuel Tyne, Half Blood Blues, Dreaming of Elsewhere, Little Bird Stories and Out of the Sun.

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