2019 Canada Reads Primer

Well, it’s that time again. The 2019 Canada Reads competition has arrived.  Comedian Ali Hassan returns as host and moderator for the third straight year after taking over from Wab Kinew in 2017. This year, the theme is “one book to move you”.  With that in mind, it likely meant that you had some heavy…

By Chance Alone

In his powerful memoir, Holocaust survivor Max Eisen details his early years, his internment in Auschwitz and his emigration to Canada. When the 2019 Canada Reads longlist was announced, I had hoped By Chance Alone would be selected for the shortlist.  I suppose I would have read it eventually, but in a year where the…