Well, the results of my highly scientific poll are in:
Who Should Win This Year’s Canada Reads?
The Book of Negroes, by Lawrence Hill – 29.17% (7 votes)
The Fat Woman Next Door is Pregnant, by Michel Tremblay – 4.17% (1 vote)
Fruit, by Brian Francis – 37.50% (9 votes)
Mercy Among the Children, by David Adams Richards – 20.83% (5 votes)
The Outlander, by Gill Adamson – 8.33% (2 votes)
WHOO! It’s a sweep for Fruit! Congratulations, Brian Francis! Pick up your gift bag at the door!
The serious i.e. the real Canada Reads event begins tomorrow, Monday, March 2 on CBC Radio One at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. (2 and 8 p.m. NT). Tune in to root for your favourite.
But The Book of Negroes will win. Believe me, I work in a public library, and The Book of Negroes is the only novel anyone is reading.