Fifteen books are on the Canada Reads longlist for 2019.
From thought-provoking fiction to inspiring memoirs, this year’s longlisted books speak to the theme: One Book To Move You. Spanning separations and reconciliations, wars of the past and present, personal histories and imagined futures, these titles will disturb and disrupt, inspire and incite, and move readers to feel, to think and to act.
The final five books and their champions will be revealed on Jan. 31, 2019.
The debates will take place March 25-28, 2019 and will be hosted by Ali Hassan. The debates will be broadcast on CBC Radio One, CBC TV and online at CBC Books. Ticket information to attend the debates live will be announced on Jan. 31.
The Canada Reads 2019 longlist is:
- Homes by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah & Winnie Yeung
- Suzanne by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, translated by Rhonda Mullins
- Brother by David Chariandy
- By Chance Alone by Max Eisen
- Corvus by Harold R. Johnson
- The Boy on the Beach by Tima Kurdi
- That Time I Loved You by Carrianne Leung
- An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim
- Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot
- The Crazy Game by Clint Malarchuk, with Dan Robson
- Life on the Ground Floor by James Maskalyk
- All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
- This Accident of Being Lost by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
- The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary by Andrew Westoll
- The Woo-Woo by Lindsay Wong
Homes is a memoir of Abu Bakr al Rabeeah‘s childhood in Iraq and Syria. Just before civil war broke out, the al Rabeeah family left Iraq for safety in Homs, Syria. al Rabeeah was 10 years old when the violence began in his new home. He remembers attacks on his mosque and school, car bombings and firebombs. Now a high school student in Edmonton, Alta., al Rabeeah shares his story with writer Winnie Yeung in hopes it will bring greater understanding of Syria.