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Chris Coleman

BOOK BASH! CHAMPION Chris Coleman Chris is a former six-term Councillor with the City of Victoria and served a decade on the national board of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). During his years with FCM, Chris spearheaded the organization’s legacy project “Le Canada en Livres – Canada by the Book” which placed Canadian books …

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Dean Murdock

BOOK BASH! CHAMPION Dean Murdock I’m a former three-term Saanich Councillor. I’m running for Mayor in the fall election. When my kids were young, I loved reading to them and doing different character voices. Now that they’re older, I love hearing about the books they are reading. It’s amazing to explore the world they are discovering …

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Steve Newton

BOOK BASH! CHAMPION Steve Newton After a career of teaching, mostly in special education, I started volunteering at the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre, commonly known as Wilkinson Road Jail.  Since then the program has developed into a full school program supported by a number of school districts, currently the Sooke School District, which enables …

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Jim Swanson

BOOK BASH! CHAMPION Jim Swanson A former journalist, a husband and father to two adults, who likes to be seen as a positive figure and community leader who just happens to have a passion for baseball and sports. Favourite Book: Best novel I’ve ever read was by Allan Folsom, called The Day After Tomorrow — …

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Janine Hannis

BOOK BASH! CHAMPION Janine Hannis Janine Hannis credits reading as keeping her sane during the crazy times,  and currently runs the Greater Victoria Alliance for Literacy and is Board Chair for the Victoria Literacy Connection. Favourite Book: mpossible to choose! A huge fan of Canadian lit, so have read everything by Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, …

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Melanie Ihmels

BOOK BASH! CHAMPION Pastor Melanie Ihmels I am a Mom, Wife, and Minister who has read voraciously for 50 of her 51 years! Favourite Book: Only one? That is impossible! I have a number of favorites: The Blue Castle by LM Montgomery, The Pern Series, by Anne McCaffery, The Valdemar Series by Mercedes Lackey, anything …

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Emma Shelford

BOOK BASH! CHAMPION Emma Shelford Emma Shelford feels that life is only complete with healthy doses of magic, history, and science. Since these aren’t often found in the same place, she created her own worlds where they happily coexist. If you catch her in person, she will eagerly discuss Lord of the Rings ad nauseam, …

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Jack Knox

BOOK BASH! CHAMPION Jack Knox I’m staggering to the end of a 45-year career in journalism. My fourth book, based on my column in the Victoria Times Colonist, will be published in October. Favourite Book: At the moment, my favourite book is Madeleine Thien’s novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing. After staying up to 3 a.m. …

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