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Follow the action on the CBC Books page to get updates on the 2018 CBC Canada Reads campaign. Read the short list to get ready for the debates that run from March 26 to March 29. Or go all out and dig into the longlist! Click on the book titles below to view them in our online catalog. From there you can log in to your online library account to place holds and view other titles. 

2018 Canada Reads Short List 


The Boat People by Sharon Bala

By the winner of The Journey Prize, and inspired by a real incident, The Boat People is a gripping and morally complex novel about a group of refugees who survive a perilous ocean voyage to reach Canada — only to face the threat of deportation and accusations of terrorism in their new land.

American War by Omar El Akkad

Sarat Chestnut, born in Louisiana, is only six when the Second American Civil War breaks out in 2074. But even she knows that oil is outlawed, that Louisiana is half underwater, that unmanned drones fill the sky.

Precious Cargo by Craig Davidson

One morning in 2008, desperate and impoverished while trying unsuccessfully to write, Craig Davidson plucked a flyer out of his mailbox that read, "Bus Drivers Wanted." That was the first step towards an unlikely new career: driving a school bus full of special-needs kids for a year. Davidson shows us how his evolving relationship with the kids on that bus, each of them struggling physically as well as emotionally and socially, slowly but surely changed his life along with the lives of the "precious cargo" in his care. This is the extraordinary story of that year and those relationships. It is also a moving, important and universal story about how we see and treat people with special needs in our society. (From Knopf Canada)

Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto

When the Second World War broke out, Ralph MacLean traded his quiet yet troubled life on the Magdalen Islands in eastern Canada for the ravages of war overseas. On the other side of the country, Mitsue Sakamoto and her family felt their pleasant life in Vancouver starting to fade away after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

Humanity has nearly destroyed its world through global warming, but now an even greater evil lurks. The Indigenous people of North America are being hunted and harvested for their bone marrow, which carries the key to recovering something the rest of the population has lost: the ability to dream.

2018 Canada Reads Long List 


American War by Omar El Akkad

The Boat People by Sharon Bala

Brother by David Chariandy

The Clothesline Swing by Ahmad Danny Ramadan

Dance, Gladys, Dance by Cassie Stocks

Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

The Measure of a Man by JJ Lee

Out Standing in the Field by Sandra Perron

Precious Cargo by Craig Davidson

Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez

Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga

Suzanne by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, translated by Rhonda Mullins

Tomboy Survial Guide by Ivan Coyote