I tuned in for a bit yesterday to Canada Reads, and was glad to hear the group speak. The good people of the CBC sent me the books being discussed, two of which I have not read (Icefields and King Leary), so it will be nice to cut into the Quarrington at some distant point down the road when 150 books aren’t lined up ahead of it. It’s great to see some out-of-print and small press books getting a second kick at the can. (I’m desperate for Canada to have to read Nalo, in part for the entertainment and education, but also to witness the collective, barely-supressed apoplexy of the straight, white community–I realize this won’t happen, but….) All in all, it’s an eloquent enough group, particularly Jemeni and Moore, but it’s also nice to hear from astronaut MacLean, who brings an (ironically?) earthy, somewhat closed-minded “real-reader” perspective to the show. I didn’t hear the whole thing, but from what I did hear, there were some tense moments around culture and race, which was actually healthy discussion, but I wonder if some people wish they had their comments back and could give the moment a “take two”.