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CBC Canada Reads Announces Star Studded 2022 Longlist

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CBC Books has announced the 15-title mixed genre Canada Reads longlist for the 21st iteration of the popular debate literary show. The list includes memoir, short fiction, and novels, including recent Giller Prize winner Omar Ek Akkad's What Strange Paradise. El Akkad joins his fellow Giller-winning alum Esi Edugyan on the list, which includes further star power with other highly decorated writers like Rivka Galchen, Catherine Hernandez, and Michelle Good, whose Five Little Indians was notably nominated for all three major Canadian fiction awards in 2020, winning the Governor General's Literary Award. 

The CBC Canada Reads 2022 longlist:

The final five books will be selected from the longlist by the yet-to-be revealed panellists. The announcement of the panellists and their chosen titles will take place on January 26, 2022, and the debates will air March 28-31, with host Ali Hassan returning to shepherd the panellists through the often intense process of eliminating the books one by one until a final winner is crowned. 

As in past year, the debates will be broadcast on CBC Radio OneCBC TVCBC Gem and on CBC Books

The winning title of Canada Reads often becomes one of the bestselling books of the year in Canada, with the so-called Canada Reads bump being coveted in Canadian publishing. 

Stay tuned to Open Book for coverage of the 2022 debates, and the announcement of the panellists and the books they will champion throughout.