South Asian Authors Shortlisted for Canada Reads 2016

South Asian Authors Shortlisted for Canada Reads 2016

Meet the Canada Reads 2016 contenders

Canada Reads

The Canada Reads 2016 books are all about transformation and second chances, including stories of migrants, immigrants and others who are choosing – or forced – to make major changes in their lives.

The 2016 contenders are:

  • Vinay Virmani, defending The Hero’s Walk by Anita Rau Badami
  • Farah Mohamed, defending Bone and Bread by Saleema Nawaz
  • Bruce Poon Tip, defending Birdie by Tracey Lindberg
  • Clara Hughes, defending The Illegal by Lawrence Hill
  • Adam “Edge” Copeland, defending Minister Without Portfolio by Michael Winter

CBC’s annual battle of the books, now in its 15th year, will take place March 21-24, 2016

Vinay Virmani defends The Hero’s Walk by Anita Rau Badami

Anita Rau Badami is a writer and visual artist living in Montreal. The Hero’s Walk, her second novel, won numerous awards and garnered international attention.

Set in a small town in India, The Hero’s Walk is a lush, intimate look at a troubled family. When his daughter and her husband are killed in a car crash, an Indian man must take in a seven-year-old Canadian granddaughter he has never met.

Vinay Virmani is the writer and star of the 2014 hit film Dr. Cabbie. He lives in Toronto.

Farah Mohamed defends Bone and Bread by Saleema Nawaz

Saleema Nawaz was born and raised in Ottawa, and currently lives in Montreal. Bone and Bread is her debut novel.

Bone and Bread is a poignant and complex portrait of two sisters who struggle with their cultural identity when they are orphaned as teens and raised by their traditional Sikh uncle.

Farah Mohamed is the founder and CEO of G(irls)20, a global platform that empowers girls and women around the world.

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