Your favourite Canadian novels are…

cdn authorsFor this special Canada 150 edition of Waterloo Reads: the battle of the books, the community was asked to vote on what was their favourite Canadian novel (for adults) of all time. Over 500 ballots were cast and, without further ado, here is the Top 10:

  • “Ragged Company” by Richard Wagamese (defended by Janice Jo Lee)
  • “Room” by Emma Donoghue (defended by Patti Brooks)
  • “Still Life” by Louise Penny (defended by Alison De Muy)
  • “The Best Laid Plans” by Terry Fallis (defended by Joe Pavia)
  • “Bitten” by Kelley Armstrong (defended by Mandy Bujold)
  • “The Book of Negroes” by Lawrence Hill (defended by Fauzia Mazhar)
  • “Crow Lake” by Mary Lawson (defended by Jasmine Mangalaseril)
  • “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood (defended by Kelly McManus)
  • “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel (defended by Scott Wahl)
  • “No Great Mischief” by Alistair MacLeod (defended by Sheldon Pereira)

Our 10 “Champions” will defend their books valiantly on October 17th. Save the date! This is an event you do not want to miss.

Waterloo Reads Champions 2017

The “champions” for the 2017 Waterloo Reads: battle of the books are:

Each champion will be defending one of the 10 most popular Canadian novels of all time, as voted by our community.  Click on the Champions’ names above to learn more about them and the books their are defending.

Thank You!

We would like to once again thank our 10 terrific, enthusiastic and very competitive 2016 Waterloo Reads Champions.


Alex Kinsella, Small & Medium Enterprise Team, Communitech
Under the Visible Life by Kim Echlin

Andrew Coppolino, Food Commentator, Columnist & Critic
The Jaguar’s Children by John Vaillant

Eric Drozd, Broadcaster and Host of The Eric Drozd Show on 570 News
Birdie by Tracey Lindberg

Wendy Tutt, Co-Owner of the Princess Cinemas 
They Left Us Everything: a memoir by Plum Johnson

Nan Forler, Author & Teacher
All Saints: stories by K.D. Miller

Care, Radio Announcer (Country106.7) and TV Show Host
Seconds: a graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Mandy Brouse, Co-Owner of Words Worth Books
Local Customs: a novel by Audrey Thomas

Neil Ballantyne, City & Life/Art Editor, Waterloo Region Record
That Lonely Section of Hell: the botched investigation of a serial  killer who almost got away by Lori Shenher

Darryl “Chef D” Fletcher, Professional Chef & TV Show Host
The Hunger of the Wolf by Stephen Marche

Dave Jaworsky, Mayor, City of Waterloo
Punishment by Linden MacIntyre