The theme of this year’s Canada Reads contest was to choose a book to break barriers. After daily heated debates broadcasted on CBC, the last novel standing was Ru by Kim Thuy, a Vietnamese Canadian author who lives in Longueuil, a suburb of Montreal. Ru is originally a French novel, which won the Governer General’s Award for French Fiction in 2010 and was recently translated into English by Sheila Fischman. Two of the panelists also happen to be Asian Canadians, Kristin Kreuk and Elaine “Lainey” Lui who were arguing for other books, Intolerable and When Everything Feels Like the Movies, respectively. Lainey was one of two panelists arguing in the finale along with Cameron Bailey, who was arguing for Ru.