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CBC Canada Reads opts for non-fiction lineup

This morning, CBC Books announced that the 2012 edition of its annual book battle, Canada Reads, will focus on non-fiction. Canada Reads: True Stories follows the same format of last year’s 10th anniversary contest by culling its list of contenders from public recommendations and a popular vote. Recommendations are being accepted online over the next three weeks via CBC Books. The longlist will be released Oct. 18, at which point public polls whittle the list down to 10. From there the celebrity panel — to be revealed in November — takes over, selecting five titles to champion over the airwaves in February.

It seems, though, not just any non-fiction fare will cut the mustard. The contest is open to works of memoir, biography, and literary non-fiction only. From CBC Books:

We want stories. Books that are page-turners with captivating narratives, memorable characters and vivid prose. Books so riveting you forget they are non-fiction. Books that introduce readers to a brand new world and bring them wholly into it. While we love the work that Canadian essayists, academics, chefs, decorators and self-help gurus do, those books aren’t quite right. We want the final five to have stories that captivate the country.

  • James Curtis

    Into the Blue by Andrea Curtis is written in an extremely engaging fashion and is exciting and personal with excellent pacing and relevance to Canadian history and should be considered for the Camada Reads competition.

  • Erica Curtis

    The Book I recommend is “Into the Blue ” by Andrea Curtis. This is a true story of a family history on Georgian Bay , from the turn of the century when the great lakes were the roadways. Lumber and fish were the drivers of commerce and the dangers of life dependent on the waterways was an everyday reality.
    Andrea Curtis has written a thrilling description of those days and the tragedy of families caught up in the sinking of the JH Jones off Lions Head in 1906

  • Courtesy

    Curtises of the world, you’re coming off a bit desperate.

  • Kim Clark

    I’m recommending The Suite Life by Christopher Heard. Heard not only writes about the hotel life through his own personal experience but regales us, a well, with titillating anectodes from star-studded meetings and interviews in 5-star hotels around the world. Add his historical and architectural backgrounds to the various myth-making establishments and there it is. He’s given us the whole package in an enlightening and engaging voice. Suite, indeed! A great read!

  • Kim Clark

    I should have mentioned–The Suite Life’s main focus is Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York hotel where Christopher Heard resides as writer-in-residence. He knows it inside and out.

  • Courtesy

    You all understand that this isn’t the Canada Reads website? No one reading this is in any way connected to that contest.

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