Vote for Essex County to Win the Canada Reads People’s Choice Award!


essexcountysoftcover_lg If you’ve been following the news on here, you’ll know that Jeff Lemire’s Essex County was nominated as one of the top five books, in CBC’s Canada Reads campaign, which aimed to find the greatest Canadian novel of the decade.

On Monday, during the first of a series of celebrity panelist debates, Essex County was sadly voted out of the contest. Then last night, during the final debate, the panelists picked terry Falls’ The Best Laid Plans as the winner of the contest.

Well, it seems that a lot of readers were displeased with the result of the contest, particularly Essex County fans, who thought that Lemire was robbed, and that the celebrity panelists don’t know a thing about good literature. To appease viewers, CBC are now asking for readers to vote for which novel they would have chosen to win, in the People’s Choice poll.

As of writing, here’s what the results look like:

The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis 13.13%
The Birth House by Ami McKay 15.67%
The Bone Cage by Angie Abdou 3.46%
Essex County by Jeff Lemire 54.38%
Unless by Carol Shields 13.36%

That’s a HUGE lead for Essex County, so let’s hope it stays that way. To have your vote counted, head to

The poles close at 7 a.m. ET on Thursday, and Jian Ghomeshi will announce the Peoples’ Choice winner that night, on Q during his exclusive interview with Terry Fallis and Ali Velshi. Don’t miss it! Q airs at 10:30 a.m. on CBC Radio One.

Related posts:

  1. Jeff Lemire’s Essex County Knocked Out of Canada Reads in First Round of Debates
  2. Jeff Lemire’s Essex County Makes CBC’s Canada Reads Top 10 Books of the Decade!
  3. Jeff Lemire Shares Thoughts on Essex County for CBC’s Canada Reads
  4. Jeff Lemire’s Essex County Makes the Final Five for CBC’s Canada Reads Top Books of the Decade!
  5. Sara Quinn of Tegan & Sara Fame Discusses Jeff Lemire’s Essex County for CBC’s Canada Reads Event


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