Read for the Cure is a Canadian literary event, presented by Penguin Random House Canada, that donates 100% of the proceeds to the Cancer Research Society.

A digital-only ticket gives you access to the online event of your choice. Each event is a 90-minute livestream, hosted by a superstar Emcee, featuring three authors and a foreword by a cancer researcher. Each event has a live Q&A at the end.

When you purchase the books + event ticket, you get access to our digital event as well as the accompanying books featured by the three authors. New this year: All book orders within Canada will be delivered door-to-door this fall, thanks to our Shipping Sponsor Machool.

You can visit for our full 2020 lineup and to purchase your tickets.

The Cancer Research Society is a Canadian charity whose sole mission is to fund essential research for the prevention, detection, and treatment of all types of cancer. You can learn more at

We are working with an experienced digital provider to create an engaging live event similar in format to an in-person Read for the Cure. You will hear updates from a cancer researcher, listen to your chosen authors present and engage with each other, and have your questions answered during a live Q&A.

You will receive an exclusive-to-you secure event link via email in the week leading up to your purchased event(s).

Everyone will receive a recording of their purchased events, whether or not they can attend live. Feel free to send in questions for authors even if you can’t attend:

Although online and accessible to all, this year’s events are hosted in different cities across Canada. All events start at 7:30 p.m. but two will be starting on the west coast on Pacific Time and three on Eastern Standard Time. See for more details.

In light of this year’s extraordinary circumstances related to COVID-19, we have planned a 2020 Read for the Cure event series which prioritizes guest and author safety while enabling us to continue raising much-needed funds for cancer research.

While in the past we have been able to offer an early-bird option, our goal of providing door-to-door shipping for all Books + Event orders means a later shipping date for all books. It is therefore impossible for us to offer an early-bird option. As a new offering, we have a VIP Ticket package available in limited quantities. Our VIP Ticket package features a super discounted price to attend all five events (this ticket is available with or without books). You can buy your VIP ticket here.

Unfortunately, we’re only able to provide our attendees with physical books this year, but we’re exploring other options for future programming.

Yes! We also have VIP Ticket packages with all five events available for purchase together (Books + Event options are limited so get yours today).

Yes! Please note that quantities are limited, so if you’re interested in purchasing a ticket with books, we encourage you to do so sooner rather than later.

We are working with our shipping partners to have your books shipped close to each event date. Please purchase at least four weeks before your desired events if possible.

This year, with generous partner support, we have been able to cover door-to-door shipping within Canada for the first time ever. For guests outside of Canada, we’re pleased to offer event-only digital ticket options.

While signed books are a standard Read for the Cure perk when we can meet in person, unfortunately travel restrictions for guests and authors this year means that our 2020 books will be unsigned.

The proceeds of each Read for the Cure ticket goes directly to the Society’s Environment Cancer Fund. You can learn more about the Cancer Research Society here.

Receipt-able donations to the Cancer Research Society can be made in lieu of, or in addition to, any Read for the Cure ticket purchase. All donations of $20 or more will automatically receive a full charitable tax receipt. You can also donate directly here. If you are purchasing a ticket to an event (with or without books), you will unfortunately not receive a tax receipt as they are a monetary exchange for goods and services, and are therefore not considered a charitable donation for the Canadian Revenue Agency.

Yes! We highly encourage book club participation. We suggest choosing one or more of our Read for the Cure books for your November and/or December picks, and purchasing the event(s) in advance so that you don’t miss out (and get your questions ready). And please let us know if your book club is participating in a specific event for a special shout-out!

Yes! Your support means the world. Drop us a line for more information on how to get involved:

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