Sitting in the CBC Atrium and reflecting on what just took place, a few things come to mind.
First, the debates were slightly less ferocious than yesterday’s fever pitch. Lainey was her usual forceful self, but Martha Wainwright seemed to pull her punches. Meanwhile, Cameron Bailey kept his gentlemanly demeanor as he ably defended his book.
Second, there weren’t as many audience members today. This may be due to yesterday’s elimination, but in the pre-show holding area, the lack of people was definitely noticed.
Third, the Wainwright-Lui alliance was broken. Lainey and Wainwright had an exchange during the debate, but that also happened yesterday. When the votes were counted, I couldn’t have seen either person stabbing the other in the back. (Lainey voted to eliminate Wainwright’s book; that favour was returned by Ms. Wainwright).
Here’s what else I didn’t see coming…
Today’s eliminated book:
And The Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucier.
I was looking forward to a Lainey-Wainwright final, but nonetheless, I’m pleased that Lainey and Cameron Bailey will be battling for the 2015 Canada Reads title. It will be interesting to see how Lainey’s forceful style contrasts with Cameron’s gentlemanly yet firm demeanor.
It will also be interesting to see how the free agents are swayed during the debates. Will Wainwright side with Lainey again? Will Craig Kielberger look for revenge? Will Kristen Kreuk, who saw her book ousted on day one, end up playing the role of King/Queenmaker?
We’ll find out tomorrow.
I don’t have any pictures today, but I did ask Lainey a question in today’s post-debate Q&A. Here’s the video link; I asked my question around the six-minute mark.