Canada Reads 2010, the annual battle of the books involves celebrity guests defending their choice of novel. They debate their choices every day for a week on CBC Radio One before choosing a single book they believe Canadians would enjoy reading. Books are gradually voted off until a winner is declared.
His Lordship, Edmonton Poet Laureate, Rollie Pemberton better known to us as Cadence Weapon will be defending Douglas Coupland’s book “Generation X”. Pemberton faces off against CityTV Vancouver’s Evening News Anchor Simi Sara who is defending “Good to a Fault” by Marina Endicott, Esteemed Author/Literary Critic/Director/Publisher Michel Vézina, who is defending “Nikolski” by Nicolas Dickner, translated by Lazer Lederhendler, Founder and Executive Director of War Child Canada Samantha Nutt, who is defending “The Jade Peony” by Wayson Choy, and two-time Olympian and eight-time Canadian champion Track and Field Athlete Perdita Felicien, who is defending “Fall on Your Knees” by Ann-Marie MacDonald.
Cadence selected “Generation X” because he feels it is representative of him, his friends and the transient nature of youth, “I knew people who’d done some of those things and felt the buzzwords were still relevant. The book is just very real.” Says Pemberton “It’s the one I instantly thought of if I could represent a book, and a book I felt was thematically similar to things I’ve written and believe”
Although they’d never met before, Cadence Weapon and Vancouver Author Douglas Coupland developed instant rapport, often turning questions asked by media into one-on-one conversations. Brian Coulton – Metro Canada
You can catch the Canada Reads 2010 debates March 8 to 12th on CBC Radio One, moderated by Radio 1 Host of Q – Jian Ghomeshi.