Canada Reads 2013

Published February 14, 2013 by inanortherntown

I made a momentous decision that this was the year to join in the CBC’s annual “Battle of the Books“. In a new twist, they picked the books by region which is a genius idea.

From British Columbia and Yukon: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

From Prairies and North: The Age of Hope by David Bergen

From Ontario: Away by Jane Urquhart

From Quebec: Two Solitudes by Hugh MacLennan

From Atlantic Provinces: February by Lisa Moore

I can’t wait to get started.

The local “WinterFest” starts February 14th to the 24th and I am going to make every effort to attend/observe as many activities as I can and report back. The Opening Ceremony theme is Fire & Ice featuring fireworks choreographed to music by the international award-winning Fireworks Spectacular, ice-skating, fire dancers, bonfires, and ice-dancing demos.

This is all happening on a FROZEN RIVER.

I know I’ll lose all Canadian credibility but I’m going to say it anyway – it boggles my mind that a place can get so cold that a river will freeze and a festival, that includes FIRE DANCERS, can safely take place. Maybe I’ve watched too many cartoons because, to me, this has all of the makings of a Wile E. Coyote disaster.


I’ve got my toque, scarf, thermal unmentionables, wool socks, layers upon layers of clothing, fleece vest, and my heavy winter jacket and snow pants ready to head out into the COLD to celebrate winter. Hopefully we are celebrating the departure of winter 😉


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