An ESA Canada Reads Contest.

The Canada Reads 2018 Longlist was announced mid-week last week.  we hope you saw the posting at ESAInfo… if not use this link to follow through to it.

This year the theme is One Book to Open Your Eyes.

  • It is all about life in our diverse world… and truly opening your eyes to the experiences of others.
  • Many of the titles are heart-breaking, gut-wrenching reads… but they did make sure to get some light-hearted takes in there as well.

We are delighted to announce something new to our Canada Reads experience this year (not at all sure why we didn’t think of this before, but better late than never)…

A CONTEST to GUESS the SHORTLIST!

ALSO, be sure to check your calendars and JOIN US on our FIELD TRIP to the final day of taping of this year’s Canada Reads, on Thursday March 29th.

  • Fill out this Google Form to advise of your intent to join us so that we may book the appropriate number of tickets as soon as ticketing open on Jan 30th.
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Canada Reads 2018!

The season begins!!

Check out the titles on the longlist at the CBC Canada Reads website.

We already have six (6) of the longlisted titles in the collection:

 

Touch base with me next week to find out whether I’ve decided to bring in any of the other longlisted titles.

The Canada Reads shortlist will be announced January 30th.  Stay tuned.

If you are at all connected with the ESA Community, consider joining us on our annual ESA Book Club field trip to the final day of taping of Canada Reads 2018, on Thursday March 29th.

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Canada Reads Field Trip organised by ESA’s Own Book Clubit’s never too late to join… next meeting Wednesday January 17th, where we will be discussing Alison MacLeod’s Governor General Award nominated short story collection All the Beloved Ghosts)

 

The Break by Katherena Vermette

 When Stella, a young Métis mother, looks out her window one evening and spots someone in trouble on the Break — a barren field on an isolated strip of land outside her house — she calls the police to alert them to a possible crime.

In a series of shifting narratives, people who are connected, both directly and indirectly, with the victim — police, family, and friends — tell their personal stories leading up to that fateful night. Lou, a social worker, grapples with the departure of her live-in boyfriend. Cheryl, an artist, mourns the premature death of her sister Rain. Paulina, a single mother, struggles to trust her new partner. Phoenix, a homeless teenager, is released from a youth detention centre. Officer Scott, a Métis policeman, feels caught between two worlds as he patrols the city. Through their various perspectives a larger, more comprehensive story about lives of the residents in Winnipeg’s North End is exposed.

A powerful intergenerational family saga, The Break showcases Vermette’s abundant writing talent and positions her as an exciting new voice in Canadian literature.

 

Canada Reads: Day One

Got home, got myself unpacked in a hurry and settled in to listen to Canada Reads Day One.

Wow!  Just goes to show things don’t unfold the way you expect them to… and what a dramatic finish!

Canada Reads: Student Contest

Hot off the presses!  At 3:55pm, on Friday March 10th, Canada Reads launched a new student competition on CBC Radio’s Here & Now.

  • The competition is simple! Students in Grades 7-12 enrolled in a school in the GTA are invited to make a written submission of 100-150 words, telling us a story about their favourite Toronto spot (neighbourhood, street corner, park, you name it)… We’re looking for stories that inspire us to explore our city and to see it through the eyes of young people.
  • The prize for the winning entry is a classroom visit from Canada Reads host, Ali Hassan and panellist, Humble The Poet—defender of Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis!

Get writing!!  Entries are due by 11:59pm on Monday March 20th.

If you submit…  please do consider sharing your story with the ESA Library…  so we can share them with the rest of the school.

Canada Reads taping: A few spots left for students to attend

We have a few tickets/spots remaining for students to join us on our field trip to the final day of taping for Canada Reads 2017.

  • Join other members of ESA’s Own Book Club – students, staff, parents and grads – as we cheer on our favourite books and their defenders the morning of Thursday March 30th.

This past Wednesday we held our own Battle of the Books… and ended with a tie between MG Vassanji’s Nostalgia and Sheila Watt-Cloutier’s A Right to Be Cold.

  • Join us at the live taping and see which book prevails on the real deal…
  • Did we pick it right?

Students, fill out this Google Form to advise of your intent to attend, and then pick up an official TDSB permission form from Ms. Wray on the Monday back from March Break.

ESA’s Own Book Club welcomes new members anytime.  If you’d like to join us for our final meeting of the 2016-17 school year, fill out this Google Form and we’ll be in touch.