The votes are in: Ziya Tong is the winner of Canada Reads 2019. In a tense finale, the book she defended, Holocaust memoir By Chance Alone by Max Eisen, survived the final elimination vote on March 28, 2019.
The science journalist and author successfully presented her case about why 2016 memoir By Chance Alone — in which Holocaust survivor Eisen relives his traumatic memories of when he and his family were deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp during the Second World War — is the one book that will move all Canadians.
Tong beat out runner-up Homes, Abu Bakr al Rabeeah with Winnie Yeung‘s powerful memoir of how a young teen emerged from a Middle East war zone and found safety in Canada. Homes was defended by Simple Plan drummer Chuck Comeau.