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.