CBC announced the incredible shortlist of Canada Reads and their champions this morning and Transatlantic would like to congratulate Catherine Hernandez, whose stellar novel SCARBOROUGH (Arsenal Pulp Press) offers a raw yet empathetic glimpse into a troubled community that locates its dignity in unexpected places: a neighbourhood that refuses to be undone, and Clayton Thomas-Müller, whose memoir Life in the City of Dirty Water (Allen Lane) offers a narrative and vision of healing and responsibility by tying together personal stories of survival that bring the realities of the First Nations of this land into sharp focus, and lessons learned from his career as a frontline activist committed to addressing environmental injustice at a global scale.

Actress and activist Malia Baker will champion Catherine Hernandez’s novel and professor and author Suzanne Simard will champion Clayton Thomas-Müller’s memoir.

The debates will take place March 28-31, 2022.

They will be hosted by Ali Hassan and will be broadcast on CBC Radio OneCBC ListenCBC TVCBC Gem and on CBC Books

To see the full announcement, please go to: https://www.cbc.ca/books/canadareads/meet-the-canada-reads-2022-contenders-1.6326413

About Catherine Hernandez

Catherine Hernandez is a Canadian writer, author and playwright. Her 2017 novel, Scarborough, was a shortlisted finalist for the 2017 Toronto Book Award, the 2018 Trillium Book Award, the 2018 Edmund White Award and was on the longlist for Canada Reads 2018Scarborough was also adapted to screen as a feature film and premiered at TIFF in 2021.

Catherine is represented by Marilyn Biderman and Samantha Haywood.

About Clayton Thomas-Müller

Clayton Thomas-Müller is a member of the Treaty #6 based Mathias Colomb Cree Nation located in Northern Manitoba. He’s campaigned on behalf of Indigenous peoples around the world for more than 20 years, working with numerous organizations. Life in the City of Dirty Water is his first book.

Clayton is represented by Carolyn Forde.

About Canada Reads

Canada Reads is a “literary Survivor,” with celebrities championing books. Each day of the competition, panellists vote to eliminate one book, until a single title is chosen as the title the whole country should read this year.