George Canyon, Amanda Brugel join panel for CBC book battle

TORONTO — Country music singer George Canyon and "The Handmaid's Tale" actress Amanda Brugel are among the celebrity panellists booked for CBC's annual Canada Reads contest.

Canyon will defend "From The Ashes" by Jesse Thistle while Brugel will champion "We Have Always Been Here" by Samra Habib.

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Meanwhile, NBA TV host Akil Augustine is set to tout Cory Doctorow's "Radicalized," and "Letterkenny" actress Kaniehtiio Horn will champion Eden Robinson's "Son of a Trickster." YouTube creator and LGBTQ2+ advocate Alayna Fender will back "Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club" by Megan Gail Coles.

The five panellists will debate which tome most speaks to the theme: "One Book to Bring Canada Into Focus."

The hour-long debates take place in front of live audiences over four days from March 16 to 19. They will also be broadcast on CBC across all platforms and live-streamed at cbcbooks.ca.

Free tickets are available Wednesday at cbc.ca/canadareads.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 22, 2020.

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