01/20/2016 04:56 EST | Updated 01/20/2016 04:59 EST

Here's The Canada Reads Lineup For 2016

Canada's Clara Hughes reacts after the women's 5,000 meter speed skating race at the Richmond Olympic Oval at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

TORONTO — Olympian Clara Hughes and retired pro wrestler and actor Adam (Edge) Copeland are among the celebrity panellists for this year's "Canada Reads" competition.

Actor Vinay Virmani, social entrepreneur Farah Mohamed and entrepreneur Bruce Poon Tip are also on the panel for the annual literary showdown.

Each panellist will get a chance to speak in support of a different book before agreeing on a winner.

This year's theme is "starting over" and will feature books about transformation and second chances.

Copeland will argue for "Minister Without Portfolio" by Michael Winter, Hughes has "The Illegal" by Lawrence Hill and Virmani's title is "The Hero's Walk" by Anita Rau Badami.

Mohamed will be on the panel with "Bone and Bread" by Saleema Nawaz and Poon Tip will defend "Birdie" by Tracey Lindberg.

Wab Kinew will host the 15th edition of the program, which will air on CBC Radio One, CBC-TV and online at, from March 21-24.


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