Canada Reads 2023

What is Canada Reads?

In short, and in CBC's own words, a literary Survivor. Five books, five champions, and one winner. The panelists will vote off one book each day until there is one book left standing and deemed the title the whole country should read. 2023 marks the 22nd edition of Canada Reads. 

The debates will take place March 27-30 on CBC TV, CBC Radio, CBC Listen, CBC Gem and CBC Books (YouTube and Facebook). You can tune in live at 8:05am or catch a replay on the platform of your choice. 

Who are the 2023 contenders?

  • Jeopardy! super-champ Mattea Roach champions Ducks by Kate Beaton
  • Actor Keegan Connor Tracy champions Greenwood by Michael Christie
  • Bhangra dancer Gurdeep Pandher champions Hotline by Dimitri Nasrallah
  • TikTok creator Tasnim Geedi champions Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Actor Michael Greyeyes champions Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

How can you take part?

You can help break a potential tie! If there is a 5-way tie on Day One, the public survey will be used to help break the tie. 

There is also a Facebook group dedicated to Canada Reads where you can join the conversation. 

The Longlist

While 5 titles make it to the finals, 15 titles make up the longlist of potential Canada Reads:

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Past Winners

2022 - Five Little Indians

2020 - We Have Always Been Here

2017 - Fifteen Dogs

The full list of previous finalists and winners is available on CBC Books.

-Nicole Andrews, Communications Coordinator