Canada Keeps Reading Day 3

March 18, 2015

After a tense day yesterday, the stakes seemed even higher today as we get closer and closer to a winner being crowned in this year's Canada Reads. Each of the three remaining titles were put in the hot seat today as questions of literary merit, privilege, and subtly. Unfortunately for Martha Wainwright, And the Birds Rained Down was ultimately eliminated from the barrier-breaking debate.

The beautiful prose and subtly was mentioned by all the panelists in regard to And the Birds Rained Down and it definitely had that. But as Martha valiantly debated, the novel also touches on some tough questions that we will all face, especially with an aging society and an overworked health care system in Canada, such as death, aging, mental illness, and the right to live as one chooses.

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After a tense day yesterday, the stakes seemed even higher today as we get closer and closer to a winner being crowned in this year's Canada Reads. Each of the three remaining titles were put in the hot seat today as questions of literary merit, privilege, and subtly. Unfortunately for Martha Wainwright, And the Birds Rained Down was ultimately eliminated from the barrier-breaking debate.

The beautiful prose and subtly was mentioned by all the panelists in regard to And the Birds Rained Down and it definitely had that. But as Martha valiantly debated, the novel also touches on some tough questions that we will all face, especially with an aging society and an overworked health care system in Canada, such as death, aging, mental illness, and the right to live as one chooses.

If And the Birds Rained Down was your choice for Canada Reads 2015 and you're sad to see the end of its chance to be debated and discussed, we've put together a list of five titles that touch on similar themes to extend the conversation.

 

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Blue Sonoma
by Jane Munro (Brick Books)

Blue Sonoma is poet Jane Munro’s attempt to address “the gifts reserved for age”. Drawing on both Eastern and Western poetic traditions, she delves into her beloved partner’s crossing into Alzheimer’s and provides both wisdom and sharp insight into difficult conditions.

The Days Run Away
by Robert Currie (Coteau Books)

In this collection of poetry, Robert Currie has managed to capture some of that feeling when one senses what one has lost in adulthood and old age. He looks at the turning points caught in the everyday of childhood and the harder ones to deal with as we age.

Mercy of St. Jude
by Wilhelmina Fitzpatrick (Creative Book Publishing)

Just as the characters in And the Birds Rained Down discover that sometimes you really don’t know those closest to you, Annie discovers her great-aunt Mercedes had been hiding some big secrets when she travels home to Newfoundland for her funeral. These secrets shaped Mercedes’ life and Annie soon finds out, her own.

Keeper of Tides
by Beatrice MacNeil (Breakwater Books)

Ivadoile Spears is stubbornly living out her remaining years on Cape Breton Island in the now-vacant Tides Inn. In the early stages of dementia Ivadoile keeps company with her cat and her memories of when she was a young widow running Tides Inn as a retreat for the broken-spirited.

Wiseman’s Wager
by Dave Margoshes (Coteau Books)

After a poorly timed joke about suicide, octogenarian writer Zan ends up at the psychologists where he recounts his life story. With his memory failing him it is hard to tell if it’s all true or if he’s crafting a better story.

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We've been following along with Canada Reads all week... check out Day 1 and Day 2 of our "Canada Keeps Reading" picks for more barrier-breaking titles.


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