"A dazzling display of literary thaumaturgy, magic in its purest sense..."
Not Wanted on the Voyage is the story of the great flood and the first time the world ended. It is a brilliant, unforgettable drama filled with an extraordinary cast of remarkable characters: the tyrannical Noah and his indomitable wife, Mrs. Noyes; the aging and irritable Yahweh; a chorus of singing sheep; and a unicorn destined for a horrible death. With pathos and pageantry, desperation and hope, magic and mythology, this acclaimed novel weaves its unforgettable spell.
BATTLE FOR CANADA’S “MUST-READ” BOOK BEGINS
AS CBC RADIO ANNOUNCES CANADA READS 2008 CONTENDERS
The seventh chapter of CANADA READS, CBC Radio One’s annual battle of the books, begins today with the announcement of the panelists and the works of Canadian fiction they will champion. From February 25-29, 2008, five prominent Canadians will campaign on-air for their book to become the one all Canadians read. Jian Ghomeshi, host of CBC Radio One’s Q, takes on the role of referee of the always colourful debate.
The CANADA READS 2008 line-up:
§ Actor Zaib Shaikh(Little Mosque on the Prairie) defendsNot Wanted on the Voyage by Timothy Findley (Penguin Modern Classics)
§ Hip hop poet and broadcaster Jemeni defendsBrown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson (Grand Central Publishing/H.B. Fenn)
§ Astronaut Steve MacLean defendsIcefields by Thomas Wharton (NeWest Press)
§ Author Lisa Moore defends From the Fifteenth District by Mavis Gallant (McClelland & Stewart)
§ Musician and writer Dave Bidini defends King Leary by Paul Quarrington (Anchor Canada)
"We're very excited about the strong CANADA READS line-up this year," said Susan Feldman, Executive Producer of Literary Programming for CBC Radio. "The shortlist includes classics and contemporary novels that tap into our most compelling national myths. The five panelists are all passionate readers and ready for a friendly fight about fiction."
In the past six years, CANADA READS has become a significant vehicle for celebrating Canadian books and bolstering readership. Shortlisted titles have enjoyed critical and commercial success, and titles have been revived to find a new audience. This year, King Leary has been brought back into print as a result of being selected. Winning the competition means an automatic spot on national best-seller lists. CANADA READS also supports a variety of national adult literacy initiatives. For 2008, ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation has been chosen to receive a substantial donation from the publisher of the winning book.
CANADA READS will air on CBC Radio One from February 25-29, 2008, each day at 11:30 a.m. (12 noon NT) and repeating at 7:30 p.m. (8 p.m. NT). The winning title will be announced nationally on Friday, February 29.
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