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Jeff Lemire’s Essex County has been selected as one of the Essential Top 10 Canadian Novels of the Decade, part of the CBC’s prestigious Canada Reads program. It’s reportedly the first time a graphic novel has been given that distinction.
As we reported a couple of weeks ago, 40 books — among them, Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki Skim — were initially presented for online voting. Now five of the finalists will be selected by the program’s celebrity panelists to defend during the Canada Reads debates in February. The titles and panelists will be announced on Nov. 24.
Published by Top Shelf Productions, the Essex County Trilogy — Tales from the Farm, Ghost Stories and The Country Nurse — is an award-winning examination of family, grief, memory and reconciliation set in an imaginary version of Lemire’s hometown in rural Ontario.