Based on the popular Canada Reads model, voters chose between 16 books written by Manitoba authors. At the end of the voting period, four judges each selected one of the remaining eight titles as their top pick.
Now, they judges prepare to debate the books down to a single title on September 24 at the closing Mainstage show of THIN AIR 2011. The debate will then be broadcast the following morning on CBC’s Weekend Morning Show.
“This is so exciting,” said Charlene Diehl, director of THIN AIR. “The top four books truly represent the talented authors Manitoba has to offer. And, to make things even more exciting, two of the top four authors will be presenting at THIN AIR 2011!”
Here is the breakdown of each judge and the title he or she has selected to debate:
Judge: Alison GillmorTitle: Reading by Lightning by Joan Thomas
Judge: Vincent HoThe Life of Helen Betty Osborne by David Alexander Robertson
Judge: Paul JordanBandit by Wayne Tefs
Judge: Niigon SinclairWhere Nests the Water Hen by Gabrielle Roy
For more information about Manitoba Reads, visit www.cbc.ca/manitoba/scene/books.