Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'Fifteen Dogs' by Andre Alexis Wins 2017 Canada Reads Debates

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'Fifteen Dogs' by Andre Alexis Wins 2017 Canada Reads Debates

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'Fifteen Dogs' wins Canada Reads

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TORONTO - Andre Alexis's Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning novel "Fifteen Dogs" is the champion of this year's "Canada Reads" debate series.

The CBC's battle of the books sees high-profile panellists defending homegrown titles in a string of debates until a winner is declared.

Alexis's book, about 15 dogs gifted by gods with the skills of human consciousness and language, was named the winner on Thursday.

Spoken word artist and emcee Humble the Poet had advocated for the book in the debates.

The runner-up was "Company Town" by Madeline Ashby, which was defended by opera singer Measha Brueggergosman.

Other books in competition included "The Right to Be Cold: One Woman's Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet," by Sheila Watt-Cloutier, which was represented by singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk. …

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