Ragged Company wins Waterloo Reads’ book battle

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Lively debate of top 10 Canadian books as chosen by Waterloo residents

CBC News Posted: Oct 18, 2017 7:30 AM ET

Ragged Company by Richard Wagamese has been named the top book in the Waterloo Reads battle of the books.

The novel came out on top after a lively debate at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex that saw 10 different members of the community champion 10 Canadian books.

The book was championed by Janice Jo Lee, a local singer-songwriter and poet, who said she liked the book because “it was about friendship and sticking together.”

“Living in Kitchener-Waterloo, the story of my life is, everyone moves away,” said Lee.

“But this book was about how if you have a solid group of people taking care of you, when the wildest things happen, like winning the lottery, or you’re faced with the tragedies of your past, your friends will be solid for you.”

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood came in second place. While Still Life by Louise Penny was third.

This year’s edition of the annual event had a Canada 150 theme.

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