Reading Matters

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Reading Matters is both an advertising campaign and an interactive online experience.    

Here are a couple of the playful advertising slogans you’ll see on television, in newspapers and magazines:

“You can borrow a book, but you get to keep the ideas.”

“Reading makes you more empathetic, but you already knew we felt that way.”

But Reading Matters is more than an ad campaign, it’s an exciting web experience. On  users can post words, pictures, or video to express what reading has done for them, and they get to share their stories and experiences with others who are passionate about reading. 

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National Reading Campaign

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Come celebrate the joy of reading in all kinds of ways. Browse through Readerly for the latest news and information, explore the research and resources, and join the conversation.

Tell us why reading matters to you, and learn what you can do for reading!

Because when Canada reads, Canada grows.

Visit the National Reading Campaign website.

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Short Prose Competition

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The Writers’ Union of Canada is pleased to launch its 21st Annual Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers, which invites writers to submit a piece of fiction or non-fiction of up to 2,500 words in the English language that has not previously been published in any format. A $2,500 prize will be awarded to an unpublished Canadian writer, and the entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian magazines for consideration. The deadline for entries is March 1, 2014.

For complete rules and regulations, please go to

Canada Reads: The Final Five

The five books that all of Canada will read have been announced:

  • Stephen Lewis defends The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
  • Wab Kinew defends The Orenda by Joseph Boyden
  • Donovan Bailey defend Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
  • Samantha Bee defends Cockroach by Rawi Hage
  • Sarah Gadon defends Annabel by Kathleen Winter

Read about all of these books, and celebritites, at the CBC Canadian Reads website.