The time has finally arrived – the CBC Books #CanadaReads2018 debates start today!! The best of luck to Sharon Bala and her debut novel THE BOAT PEOPLE (McClelland & Stewart Canada), which is championed by Mozhdah Jamalzadah. 
Canada Reads is an annual contest in which five Canadian celebrity panellists champion a chosen work of Canadian fiction based on the novel’s literary qualities. Books are voted off by the panellists until one book is chosen as the title the entire country should read.
THE BOAT PEOPLE follows a group of refugees who survive a perilous ocean voyage only to face the threat of deportation amid accusations of terrorism.
Watch the Canada Reads Book Trailer for THE BOAT PEOPLE here:
ONLINE: Livestreamed at 11 a.m. ET on, YouTube and Facebook.
ON THE RADIO: CBC Radio at 11:05 a.m. ET, CT, MT, PT; at 1:05 p.m. in Atlantic Canada; and at 1:35 p.m. in Newfoundland and Labrador.
ON TV: CBC TV will broadcast Canada Reads at 4 p.m. local time.
PODCAST: New episodes of Canada Reads will be posted daily on CBC and on iTunes.