Canada Reads 2018 host, theme, long list of books revealed
CBC’s Canada Reads program returns to the air and the web the last week of March, and earlier this week the broadcaster announced the show’s theme, host and the long list of books and authors in contention for this year’s prize. Ali Hassan of CBC’s Laugh Out Loud will play host to five yet-to-be-revealed panellists, each of which will champion one title for the top prize, as a book is eliminated daily. With the theme of "One Book to Open Your Eyes," titles in contention for the short list (to be revealed, with the panellists, on Jan. 30) include Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Tagala, Omar El Akkad’s American War, Brother by David Chariandy (right) and Mark Sakamoto’s Forgiveness.
- BEN MacPHEE-SIGURDSON / BOOKS
Doc puts focus on the caregivers
Some of the forgotten people affected by Alzheimer’s disease get a well-deserved moment in the limelight in the new documentary The Caregivers Club (Sunday, Jan. 14, at 9 p.m. on CBC). The hour-long show, which is broadcast during Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, follows folks who are part of "the club that no one wants to join" — devoted people who look after spouses and parents who live with dementia and other Alzheimer’s debilitating symptoms and are often taken for granted. The hour-long show has many touching scenes that, for caregivers, are just another moment in their day. "What else are you going to do?" asks one caregiver, who helps dress his wife for the day. "You can’t give up, you can’t quit."
- ALAN SMALL / TV
Wild Winter Canoe Race
It’s not often you see a canoe-racing event with a tagline such as "No water. No paddles. No problem." But it’s a perfect fit for the Wild Winter Canoe Race, which takes place on Feb. 19 on the frozen Red River at The Forks as part of the opening lineup of Festival du Voyageur. Teams of five will charge down a 200-metre, snow-packed course in head-to-head heats, the event’s website explains. Grand prizes include 10 all-inclusive round-trip passes on Via Rail to Churchill or five round-trip passes for two on Via Rail Sleeper, plus service to a destination as far west as Vancouver or as far east as Montreal. Visit wildwintercanoerace.com to register as well as find all the answers to FAQs.
- ERIN LEBAR / EVENTS