Canada Reads: Essex County makes the “Final Five”

CBC has announced that the Canada Reads list has been whittled down further, from 10 to 5 and Jeff Lemire’s Essex County is still in the running.

The top choice will be announced in February 2011.

Sara Quin defends: Essex County by Jeff Lemire

Sara Quin defends Essex County by Jeff Lemire

Quin said she knows the graphic novel genre well and believes Essex County can be considered literature because of its “incredible characters and wonderful stories.”

“The illustrations are so beautiful and so profound and tell a story all on their own,” she said, speaking via video link at a press conference Wednesday.

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The book: Jeff Lemire’s Essex County is composed of three interconnected graphic novels — Tales from the Farm, Ghost Stories and The Country Nurse. The minimalistic though intensely emotional trilogy gives form to the author’s inspired vision of what it means to live, work, dream and even die in a Southwestern Ontario rural community. Read more >>

The author: A graphic novelist and comics illustrator who has garnered international acclaim, Jeff Lemire paid tribute to his rural roots in his remarkable trilogy, Essex County (Top Shelf Productions), and the world of comics responded with a plethora of major prizes and rave reviews. Read more >>

The panelist: She’s a musician who has been in the limelight for more than a decade, though she’s only 30. Calgary native Sara Quin, one half of the indie music sensation known as Tegan & Sara, has been singing and writing songs with her twin sister, Tegan, since she was 15. Read more >>