The CBC just announced the shortlist for their annual Canada Reads competition, and Essex County - the brilliant graphic novel by Torontonian Jeff Lemire - made the final cut! This may be the first time that a graphic novel has ever made it to the finals! Essex County will be defended by Sara Quin, one half of the indie music sensation known as Tegan & Sara, the week of February 7 on CBC Radio One. Good luck to Jeff!!
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Canadian readers have spoken, and they've named Jeff Lemire's haunting masterpiece Essex County as one of the Top 10 Canadian Novels of the past decade. This morning the CBC unveiled a list of 10 finalists in their annual Canada Reads competition, culled from a longlist of 40 worthy books. The shortlist will be announced November 24th. Let's hope they give graphic novels their proper due with a Top 5 slot for this beautiful and moving work.
CBC revealed the longlist for Canada Reads 2011 this morning. Congratulations to Corey Redekop and ECW Press for the nomination of Shelf Monkey, Jeff Lemire and Top Shelf Productions for Essex County, and Ray Robertson and Santa Fe Writer's Project for Moody Food.
For a complete list of nominees, and to vote for your favourite, visit the Canada Reads website by clicking here.