Canada Reads 2015: One Book to Break Barriers

Join CBC host Wab Kinew as he hosts Canada Reads.

Which of the 15 books on the Canada Reads 2015 longlist do you want to see make the final five? Fill out the ballot and share your picks! Choose one title from each panelists’ list of 3 for your dream Canada Reads: One book to break barriers. The panelists are choosing the books they’ll be championing during the debates (March 16-19). We’ll reveal their identities and book choices on Jan. 20.

2015 Longlist

All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews

And the Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucier, translated by Rhonda Mullins

Arrival City by Doug Saunders

Bone and Bread by Saleema Nawaz

Celia’s Song by Lee Maracle

For Today I am a Boy by Kim Fu

Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes by Kamal Al-Solaylee

Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson

Ru by Kim Thuy, translated by Sheila Fischman

The Door is Open by Bart Campbell

The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein

What We All Long For by Dionne Brand

When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid

(You) Set Me on Fire by Mariko Tamaki

Canada Reads 2015 - WabAbout Wab Kinew

Wab Kinew is hosting Canada Reads 2015: One Book to Break Barriers.

Wab (Wabanakwut) Kinew is a Canadian musician, broadcaster and university administrator, best known as a host of programming on CBC Radio and CBC Television. In 2014, Wab successfully defended Joseph Boyden’s The Orenda on CBC’s Canada Reads. Kinew has earned acclaim and awards in the many fields he’s active in, from print journalism and broadcasting to academia to hip-hop.

A member of the Midewin, Kinew is from the Onigaming First Nation in Northwestern Ontario and now lives in Winnipeg. He is deeply invested in improving the lives of the indigenous people of Canada. In 2012, the University of Winnipeg named Kinew its first director of indigenous inclusion. In 2014, Kinew was appointed acting associate vice-president of Indigenous Affairs at the university. He was recently named an honorary witness for Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He is a correspondent with Al Jazeera America.

CBC audiences will already be familiar with his work hosting the acclaimed CBC TV national documentary series 8th Fire in 2012. Before that, he was a reporter and host with CBC Radio and CBC TV programs in Winnipeg, including the weekly arts magazine show The 204.

He has written extensively about issues affecting indigenous people in newspapers across Canada. For his journalism, he has been nominated for a Gemini Award, and won both an Adrienne Clarkson RTNDA Award (from the Association of Electronic Journalists) and a Gabriel Award.

For his hop-hop debut CD, Live by the Drum (2009), he won an Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award for Best Rap/Hip-Hop CD.

On October 25, 2014, Kinew received an honorary doctorate from Cape Breton University.

Follow Wab on Twitter: @WabKinew.

Source CBC Books