Coronavirus Updates: The typically arresting literature-debate show ‘Canada Reads’ now has new pandemic-era dates, and a strong lineup of five books.
The 2020 edition of the ‘Canada Reads’ literary debate show rolls out a roster of five titles, each turning on contemporary social and/or political issues.
The CBC has announced this year’s five books and their celebrity advocates for the nationally televised ‘Canada Reads’ debate that puts literature in the spotlight in Canada.
The decision of which of five contemporary titles wins the ‘Canada Reads’ competition coincides with an announcement that the United States’ PBS network will stage an ambitious eight-part ‘best-loved’ book show of its own.
The CBC Books production ‘Canada Reads’ 2018 airs next week, hosted by Ali Hassan. Available on radio, the Internet, and television, the program could be a model for many world markets looking to reach readers through media channels.
By the end of the annual ‘Canada Reads’ TV show on March 29, only one of the competition’s titles and its celebrity advocate will still be standing.
Canada Reads, a contest in which 5 celebrities debate various books merits and vote a title off each day on CBC TV, has serious implications for publishers.
Saying that each book has ‘a striking resonance for the world around us in 2020,’ the Cundill jury’s Peter Frankopan names the finalists.
Canadian publishers report that more than $150 million has been lost, in the world’s most prominent copyright controversy.
Canada’s Cundill History Prize reveals its larger-than-usual shortlist of 10 titles, Peter Frankopan calling them ‘a fantastic collection.’