What do the musicians, the model, the scientific journalist, the actor and the fashion guru have in common? They are all members Canada reads 2019. Within four days in March, five defenders will present their diverse views on this year's theme: One book that will move you.
Candidates and their selected books are:
Ali Hassan returns for the third year.
The debates will be held on 25-28 March 2019.
There will be air on CBC Radio One at 11:00 (1 AM AT / 1:30 PM NT), at CBC at 3:00. (3:30 NT), live on CBC Books online at 11:00 ET and available for free CBC Gem streaming.
If you are in Toronto, you can get tickets to be part of a live studio audience.
Get to know Canada reads 2019 competitors below.
Chuck Comeau and his teammates created Simple Plan in 1999. The band sold more than 15 million albums and played in over 70 countries around the world. From the outset, they founded the Simple Plan Foundation, which is charitable for helping young people in need – from suicide prevention, to poverty, mental health, music, and drug addiction.
Houses is the memory of childhood Abu Bakr al Rabeeah in Iraq and Syria. Just before the outbreak of the civil war, the family of Al-Rabeeah left Iraq for security in Homs, Syria. Al Rabeeah was 10 years old when violence began in a new home. He remembers attacks on his mosque and school, bomb attacks on cars and firearms. Now a high school student in Edmonton, Alta., Al Rabeeah shares her story with writer Winnie Yeung in the hope of bringing better understanding of Syria.
Lisa Ray is one of India's most successful cover models and an award-winning actress whose work is spread across multiple countries in the film (nominated for the Oscar Water) television (Best chef of Canada), the theater (John Murrels is Taj) and modeling. Ray has become a highly profiled global advocate for cancer and stem cell awareness and was awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal for Canada. Its Amazon Prime line Four shots more please is out and her next film is A. R. Rahman 99 songs.
David Charianda is Brother takes us into the life of the sons of the mixed heritage of immigrants from Trinidad. Ingrained in Charianda's own experience as a color artist in the suburbs of Toronto, Scarborough, the novel is a beautiful meditation on discrimination, agency, sadness and the strength of human relationships.
Ziya Tong is best known as the longtime co-host Discovery Channel Daily Planet, which it established for decades in 2008-2018. Before Daily Planet, Host Tong Wall on CBC, winning the Gemini Award for the choice of the viewer for the lifestyle of the host. In 2007 she hosted and produced Cable science on PBS a Front edges on the Knowledge Network. Her book, Reality bubble, It will be in May 2019.
When Max Eisen was aged 15, he and his family were taken home from Auschwitz where Eisen worked as a slave laborer. He survived the Holocaust and emigrated to Canada in 1949. Eisen traveled around the world to educate people about the horrors he had survived during the Second World War. He recorded his memories in a deeply moving memoire Chance Sam.
Yanic Truesdale is a Montreal-born actor best known for his portrait by Michel Gerard in a much loved TV series Gilmore's girls. He began his television career in the long-running Canadian series He shoots, evaluates and was nominated for the Gemini Award for his role in the Québécois sitcom Majeurs et vaccinés. Truesdale lives part time in Los Angeles and part time in his native Montreal, where he opened a Spin Énergie spin studio in 2011.
An English translation of the famous novel from 2015, La femme qui fuit, Suzanne is Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette's representative about the life of her estranged grandmother. A novel that blurs the boundaries between reality and fiction, Suzanne tells the story of more than eight decades of artistic and political history through a portrait of a conflict woman and her granddaughter seeks understanding. Suzanne was translated by Rhonda Mullins.
Joe Zee is a resident judge on a television show Sewn in Canada, appeared on ABC Good Morning America and their annual Oscars, NBC Today, CNN, The Oprah Winfrey show and has previously been a special fashion reporter for Tonight Fun. He is also known for the seven plus years he spent as the Creative Director of the Elle magazine. In 2018 he launched the original documentary series Netflix 7 days, as executive producer.
Woo-Woo is a dark, funny and touching note by writer Lindsay Wong of Vancouver who honestly explains the impact of mental illness on her family. Wong brings a raw and emotional view of whispered secrets, dysfunctional relationships – and how her grandmother, mother, aunt and even herself initially blamed themselves on mythical "woo-woo", the Chinese ghosts who harass the livelihood for their mental health.