Canada Reads is an annual ‘battle of the books’ competition organized and broadcast by Canada‘s public broadcaster, the CBC. During Canada Reads, five personalities champion five different books, each champion extolling the merits of one of the titles.

The debate is broadcast over a series of five programs. At the end of each episode, the panelists vote one title out of the competition, until only one book remains. This book is then billed as the book that all of Canada should read.

This year, stories have been chosen to explore what inspires readers to reflect on community and who we are in the world we live in. Over four days, the champions will bring their diverse perspectives to this year’s theme: One Book to Connect Us. The debates will take place from March 28-31, 2022.

The champions and their chosen books are Christian Allaire with Five Little Indians by Michelle Good, Malia Baker with Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez, Tareq Hadhad with What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad, Suzanne Simard with Life in the City of Dirty Water by Clayton Thomas-Müller and Mark Tewksbury with Washington Black by Esi Edugyan. The Champlain Library is pleased to announce that is has all five of these books in its collection.

For more information on this year’s Canada Reads, and to see the long list and short list of the selected books visit For more information about the Champlain Library and to search the library’s collection visit or call 613-678-2216.