Jeff Lemire’s Essex County Trilogy is among the five contenders for CBC’s prestigious Canada Reads program, marking the first time a graphic novel has been considered for the distinction.
Lemire’s award-winning look at life in a rural community was selected from the list of Essential Top 10 Canadian Novels of the Decade by panelist Sara Quin, one-half of the indie-music duo Tegan & Sara. She will defend the book in February at the Canada Reads debate.
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.
Essex County will go up against The Bone Cage by Angie Abdou, The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis, The Birth House by Ami McKay, and Unless by Carol Shields.