Alan Thicke, Arlene Dickinson among panellists in ‘Canada Reads: True Stories’

TORONTO – Actor Alan Thicke and “Dragons’ Den” investor Arlene Dickinson are among the panellists lined up for the CBC non-fiction book debate “Canada Reads: True Stories 2012.”

The public broadcaster says Thicke will defend the hockey book “The Game” by Ken Dryden (Wiley Canada) and Dickinson plans to push for Marina Nemat’s memoir “Prisoner of Tehran” (Penguin Canada).

Meanwhile, Juno Award-winning rapper Shad is backing the memoir “Something Fierce” by Carmen Aguirre (Douglas & McIntyre).

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Supermodel Stacey McKenzie will argue for “On a Cold Road” by Dave Bidini (McClelland & Stewart).

And Anne-France Goldwater, star of Quebec’s reality-TV courtroom show “l’Arbitre,” has chosen “The Tiger” by John Vaillant (Vintage Canada).

The panellists will debate the books live on CBC Radio from Feb. 6-9 to determine Canada’s “must-read non-fiction title for 2012.”

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The shows will also be live-streamed on CBC Books and air daily on CBC’s documentary channel, with recap specials the following weekend on CBC-TV and CBC Radio One.

This is the first time “Canada Reads” has featured non-fiction titles.

Last year “The Best Laid Plans” by Terry Fallis won.

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