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Slideshow: Introducing the 2012 Canada Reads finalists

If yesterday’s CBC Canada Reads public meet-and-greet in Toronto was any indication, the non-fiction contest, which airs in February 2012, will be a battle fuelled by strong personalities.

Canada Reads host Jian Ghomeshi introduced the five finalists and their defenders to a large lunch-hour crowd in the CBC’s Barbara Frum atrium.

The event ranged from sweet – Marina Nemat’s enthusiastic greeting to her defender Arlene Dickinson (“It’s like meeting a fictional character [from] Jane Austen”) – to the intense, with celebrity lawyer Anne-France Goldwater’s threats to “bust the balls” of her competitors.

Click on the photos for event highlights.

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Eva Stachniak poses with a copy of her book, Empress of the Night

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