Before & After Canada Reads
Each year around this time, I take a social media break, and in 2017 it’s more extreme than usual: for the month of March, I’m not only staying away from Twitter and Facebook, but also YouTube, Instagram, Goodreads… anything with a “feed.” And this blog. I’m going to pretend the internet stopped evolving after 2006, basically.
I’d be remiss if I took off with out reminding you all about Canada Reads, which is going down March 27-30 on CBC (I am allowing myself to watch broadcast TV on YouTube. I gotta keep up on Workin’ Moms too!) AND letting you know that Write Reads podcast is staging its own version of the national reading debate.
“After Canada Reads” will be released in a special edition Write Reads podcast in late April. It’s sort of a homage to Canada Reads, but also sort of an anti-Canada Reads. If you enjoy the general concept of debating books, but find the topics and criteria for those debates to be somehow both insipid and alarmist (“the book Canada MUST READ RIGHT NOW”) – or if you just have a lingering ick factor due to the ex-host – this maybe be the reading event for you.
Oh, and I’m taking part! Of course.
The theme: The best/most memorable/most inspirational female character in Canadian Literature.
- A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
- Malarky by Anakana Schofield (this one is mine!)
- The Break by Katherena Vermette (also on the legit Canada Reads)
- A Chorus of Mushrooms by Hiromi Goto
- Fifth Business by Robertson Davies
Check out all of the defenders and their book choices here.
So, while you struggle through the official Canada Reads without my insightful commentary about who lays the best smack downs, who has the best lipstick, and who needs to shut the hell up, remember to read along and get ready for After Canada Reads. See you all in April!
A Tale for the Time Being is one of my favourite books of the last 5-10 years. Enjoy your social media break!
A Tale for the Time Being is ALWAYS recommended to me and I still haven’t read it. Love the concept of the Write Reads homage podcast! I’m in the middle of The Break right now and holy crap it’s so damn good. I think it’s about to break me.
Will miss you this month but look forward to your return!
I thought I was the only one left who hadn’t read A Tale for the Time Being!
I’ll be tuning into After Canada Reads, because I always want more of it! I do think they need some help with their themes, though. But I love yours!
Have fun reading. I hope lots and lots of readers will like The Break, so that it will make its way south into the US!