TORONTO -- February by Lisa Moore, a story based on a maritime disaster off the coast of Newfoundland on Feb. 14, 1982, has won CBC's Canada Reads contest.
This year, the annual battle of the books competition divided the country into five regions -- British Columbia and Yukon, the Prairies and the North, Ontario, Quebec, and the Atlantic provinces -- and had Canadians vote to pick titles that represented their local culture.
Five panellists selected a book to champion from the most popular titles and debated which should win the contest.
Comedian Trent McClellan fought for February, actor Jay Baruchel of Quebec supported runner-up Two Solitudes by Hugh MacLennan, Ontario author Charlotte Gray argued for Away by Jane Urquhart, Olympic wrestler Carol Huynh picked Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese for B.C. and Yukon, and Ron MacLean defended The Age of Hope by David Bergen for the Prairies and North.
February, about a woman whose husband was among the 84 victims of the Ocean Ranger sinking in 1982, outlasted the other books in the elimination-style contest.
-- The Canadian Press