Book lovers looking for homegrown literary works can find it in the new series GREAT CANADIAN BOOKS, exclusively on BookTelevision. GREAT CANADIAN BOOKS calls on some of Canada's most high-profile personalities to help celebrate and bring literary masterpieces onto the small screen.
Each episode of GREAT CANADIAN BOOKS features an elite Canadian figurehead including Justin Trudeau, Lisa Ray, Molly Johnson, and Canadian Olympic champion Silken Laumann presenting and reviewing their favourite Canadian literary work. In addition to the engaging celebrity readings, the series highlights animations, original art, and gorgeously filmed landscapes that make each episode a treat for both the eyes and mind. Some of the books featured include the award-winning novels Late Nights On Air, Whale Music, The Book of Negroes, and Fugitive Pieces.
Airs Sundays at 8:30pm ET / 5:30pm PT. Check the schedule for episode details:
In this episode of GREAT CANADIAN BOOKS, Canadian comedian and actress Mary Walsh celebrates Hard Light by Michael Crummey – a powerful series of short stories and poems about the people from her home Conception Bay, Newfoundland. Featuring commentary by authors Anthony De Sa and Sally Cooper.
WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND
Television personality and journalist Valerie Pringle reads from the beautiful classic story Who Has Seen The Wind by W.O. Mitchell.
Canadian ballet dancer Rex Harrington (SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA) celebrates Stunt, the quirky first novel of Claudia Dey. The humour and oddness of the story are beautifully heightened by the musical score and animations.
THIS CAN'T BE HAPPENING AT MACDONALD HALL
In this episode of GREAT CANADIAN BOOKS, Justin Trudeau reads his favourite passages from This Can't Be Happening At MacDonald Hall by Gordon Korman. Trudeau proves to be thoroughly engaging as he celebrates this wonderfully funny story that appeals to the adolescent in all of us.
THE GOLDEN SPRUCE
Sunday, February 14 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
Valerie Pringle returns to GREAT CANADIAN BOOKS to celebrate The Golden Spruce by John Vaillant. An incredible true story of a man who cuts down a rare tree and sacred to the Haida people is thoroughly riveting. The beauty of the Queen Charlotte Islands acts as a stunning visual backdrop for this episode.
THE BIRTH HOUSE
Canadian Olympic champion Silken Laumann reviews The Birth House by Ami McKay – a moving novel set on the Bay of Fundy coast in Nova Scotia. Laumann reveals one of the many reasons she loves this novel including its young protagonist who champions the cause of midwifery during the years of World War I.
LATE NIGHTS ON AIR
Canadian actress Lisa Ray (Water, Bollywood/Hollywood) celebrates the award-winning novel Late Nights On Air by Elizabeth Hay. The northern setting and the engaging characters are just two of the many reasons Ray has chosen this book.
In this episode of GREAT CANADIAN BOOKS, Mary Walsh returns to celebrate The Diviners by Margaret Laurence.
COMING THROUGH SLAUGHTER
As a musician, Patricia O'Callaghan has a special relationship with the book Coming Through Slaughter by Michael Ondaatje, the fictionalized story of a real jazz cornetist in the early 20th Century who ends up going mad. For O'Callaghan, this gorgeously poetic book truly articulates many aspects of the creative experience.
Singer-songwriter Amy Sky celebrates the award-winning Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels. The book's gorgeously poetic writing and its powerful emotional story are two of the reasons Sky loves this incredible book.
THE BOOK OF NEGROES
Canadian jazz singer and radio personality Molly Johnson celebrates the award-winning novel The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill – which examines the experience of slavery with an elegance rare in literature.
Patricia O'Callaghan returns to celebrate the award-winning novel Whale Music by Paul Quarrington, which was adapted into a film in 1994 and starred Paul Gross.
THREE DAY ROAD
In this episode, actor Lorne Cardinal celebrates Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden, an incredible novel of two Native Canadian sharpshooters in World War I.