The 2012 Canada Reads books were announced Wednesday November 23 on CBC Radio One’s program Q by host and Canada Reads moderator Jian Ghomeshi, along with the celebrity panellists who have chosen titles to defend in a series of four hour-long debates to be staged live in Toronto and airing on CBC Feb. 6-9.
The books and defending panellists are:
• Prisoner of Tehran by Marina Nemat, to be defended Arlene Dickinson, from CBC-TV’s Dragons’ Den.
• Something Fierce by Carmen Aguirre, to be defended by Anne-France Goldwater, star of Quebec’s reality-TV courtroom show l’Arbitre.
• On a Cold Road by Dave Bidini, to be defended by supermodel Stacey McKenzie.
• The Tiger by John Vaillant, to be defended by award-winning rapper Shad.
• The Game by Ken Dryden, to be defended by actor and TV star Alan Thicke.
Now in its 11th year, Canada Reads is highlighting non-fiction for the first time.