Jeff Lemire’s Essex County Knocked Out of Canada Reads in First Round of Debates


essexcountysoftcover_lg The first round of CBC’s Canada Reads debates were held today, to see which of the top 5 nominated novels would be picked as the greatest Canadian novel of the decade.

I’m sad to report that Jeff Lemire’s Essex County was eliminated from the competition with a vote of 4 to 1 against. Here’s how the voting went down:

  • Georges Laraque: Essex County
  • Sara Quin: The Bone Cage
  • Debbie Travis: Essex County
  • Lorne Cardinal: Essex County
  • Ali Velshi: Essex County

*sigh*, and I was really hoping that it would win the contest. How sad is that? To watch the video of the debate, click here.

I have to say that I really question CBC’s logic on the whole celebrity debate aspect of the contest. The Top 10 list was voted for by CBC readers and viewers, from a list of 40 novels, which were picked from more than 6,000 suggestions submitted through CBC’s recommendation form, e-mail, Facebook and Twitter. Five of the Top 10 titles were then selected by CBC’s five celebrity panelists to defend during the Canada Reads debates

I’m happy with the fan voting part of the process, but why then leave the final decision down to a bunch of B-List Canadian celebrities (I’m being kind here)? What makes them great judges of literature? Because they’ve been on some crappy CBC TV shows, or were hockey players? I mean, Debbie Travis was a member of the panel? To start with, she’s BRITISH!! Frankly, I couldn’t care a less what she thinks is a good read. She’s so fucking annoying that I think I would read anything BUT the book that she picked as the best. *argh*

Has anyone read any of the books left up for debate. I’ve never even heard of any of them. No doubt they were Canadian best sellers, and therefore sold about 500 copies

Related posts:

  1. Jeff Lemire Shares Thoughts on Essex County for CBC’s Canada Reads
  2. Sara Quinn of Tegan & Sara Fame Discusses Jeff Lemire’s Essex County for CBC’s Canada Reads Event
  3. Jeff Lemire’s Essex County Makes CBC’s Canada Reads Top 10 Books of the Decade!
  4. Jeff Lemire’s Essex County Makes the Final Five for CBC’s Canada Reads Top Books of the Decade!
  5. Jeff Lemire’s Essex County Named one the Top 40 Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade!


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