Great Canadian Books

Sunday, February 21 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on Book Television

Canadian Olympic champion Silken Laumann reviews The Birth House by Ami McKay – a moving novel set on the Bay of Fundy coast in Nova Scotia. Laumann reveals one of the many reasons she loves this novel including its young protagonist who champions the cause of midwifery during the years of World War I.

Sunday, February 14 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on Book Television

Valerie Pringle returns to GREAT CANADIAN BOOKS to celebrate The Golden Spruce by John Vaillant. An incredible true story of a man who cuts down a rare tree and sacred to the Haida people is thoroughly riveting. The beauty of the Queen Charlotte Islands acts as a stunning visual backdrop for this episode.

Sunday, February 7 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on Book Television

In this episode of GREAT CANADIAN BOOKS, Justin Trudeau reads his favourite passages from This Can’t Be Happening At MacDonald Hall by Gordon Korman. Trudeau proves to be thoroughly engaging as he celebrates this wonderfully funny story that appeals to the adolescent in all of us.

Sunday, January 31 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on Book Television

Canadian ballet dancer Rex Harrington (SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA) celebrates Stunt, the quirky first novel of Claudia Dey. The humour and oddness of the story are beautifully heightened by the musical score and animations.

Sunday, January 24 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on Book Television

Television personality and journalist Valerie Pringle reads from the beautiful classic story Who Has Seen The Wind by W.O. Mitchell.

Book lovers looking for homegrown literary works can find it in the new series GREAT CANADIAN BOOKS, premiering Sunday, January 17 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT exclusively on BookTelevision. GREAT CANADIAN BOOKS calls on some of Canada’s most high-profile personalities to help celebrate and bring literary masterpieces onto the small screen. Encore presentations air Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT beginning January 20.

Justin Trudeau, Mary Walsh and Rex Harrington are just a few of the Canadian personalities featured in BookTelevision’s new original series GREAT CANADIAN BOOKSEach episode of GREAT CANADIAN BOOKS features an elite Canadian figurehead including Justin Trudeau, Lisa Ray, Molly Johnson, and Canadian Olympic champion Silken Laumann presenting and reviewing their favourite Canadian literary work. In addition to the engaging celebrity readings, the series highlights animations, original art, and gorgeously filmed landscapes that make each episode a treat for both the eyes and mind. Some of the books featured include the award-winning novels Late Nights On Air, Whale Music, The Book of Negroes, and Fugitive Pieces.

Kicking off the 13-part series on January 17 is Canadian comedian and actress Mary Walsh who celebrates the novel Hard Light by Michael Crummey. Each of the GREAT CANADIAN BOOKS episodes are produced in association with Bravo!.

Sunday, January 17 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on Book Television

In this episode of GREAT CANADIAN BOOKS, Canadian comedian and actress Mary Walsh celebrates Hard Light by Michael Crummey – a powerful series of short stories and poems about the people from her home Conception Bay, Newfoundland. Featuring commentary by authors Anthony De Sa and Sally Cooper.