Canada Reads 2017: Fifteen Dogs and The Break

Martin and Associates congratulates the 2017 Canada Reads contenders and is proud to represent two of the five titles in contention for the top prize of the one book all Canadians need now: Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis (Coach House Books) and The Break by Katherena Vermette (House of Anansi Press).

Fifteen Dogs is distributed in Canada by Publishers Group Canada, a division of Raincoast Books.

The Break is distributed in Canada by University of Toronto Press.

The Canada Reads debates will air on CBC Radio One at 11 a.m., will be livestreamed on at 11 a.m. ET and can be seen on CBC Television at 4 p.m.

Fifteen Dogs
André Alexis
9781552453056 | $19.95 CAN
PB | 160 pages | Available now
Coach House Books
Distributed in Canada by Publishers Group Canada

Humble the Poet defends Fifteen Dogs on Canada Reads 2017.

When Hermes and Apollo make a bet about human happiness, they grant 15 dogs staying at a veterinary clinic the power of human consciousness. The dogs instantly become divided between those who prefer their old dog ways and those who want to take advantage of their newfound increased intelligence. What unfolds is a powerful story about what it means to have consciousness, and the good and the bad that comes with it.


2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize Winner
2015 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Winner
2015 Toronto Book Awards Finalist

The Break
Katherena Vermette
9781487001117 | $22.95 CAN
PB | 288 pages | Available now
House of Anansi Press
Distributed in Canada by University of Toronto Press

Candy Palmater defends The Break on Canada Reads 2017.

When Stella, a young Métis mother, looks out her window one evening and spots someone in trouble on the Break – a barren field on an isolated strip of land outside her house – she calls the police to alert them to a possible crime.

In a series of shifting narratives, people who are connected with the victim tell their personal stories leading up to that fateful night. Lou, a social worker, grapples with the departure of her live-in boyfriend. Cheryl, an artist, mourns the premature death of her sister Rain. Paulina, a single mother, struggles to trust her new partner. Phoenix, a homeless teenager, is released from a youth detention centre. Officer Scott, a Métis policeman, feels caught between two worlds as he patrols the city. Through their various perspectives a larger, more comprehensive story about lives of the residents in Winnipeg’s North End is exposed.


2016 Governor General’s Literary Award Finalist
2016 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Finalist

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