When Everything Feels like the Movies Announced as Finalist for Canada Reads 2015

When Everything Feels like the Movies (Arsenal Pulp Press), the acclaimed young-adult novel by debut author Raziel Reid of Vancouver, is a finalist for CBC Radio’s Canada Reads 2015 competition, whose theme is “Books That Break Barriers.” Raziel’s book will be duking it out with four other great barrier-breaking books: And the Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucier (translated by Rhonda Mullins); The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King; Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes by Kamal Al-Solaylee; and Ru by Kim Thúy (translated by Sheila Fischman).

Raziel’s book will be championed by Elaine “Lainey” Lui, author, gossip blogger, etalk reporter, and co-host of CTV’s The Social, during the debates to determine the winner of Canada Reads 2015, which will air on March 16-19, 2015.

Raziel’s novel, about a glamorous boy named Jude who fends off the haters while dreaming about moving to Hollywood to become the star he was always meant to be, won the Governor General’s Literary Award for children’s literature (text) in November 2014. A song inspired by the book that he wrote and performed is available for purchase on iTunes (sales benefit the non-profit organization Out in Schools); an accompanying video can be seen on YouTube.

Visit the Canada Reads 2015 website for more information about the competition, and follow Canada Reads on Twitter using the hashtag #CanadaReads.