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 of children’s literature in elementary school libraries.
What an impossible question! There are so many books that have sculpted my perspectives and attitudes. If I had to choose one author, I might pick the Harry Potter stories (all of them!) by JK Rowling!
What does LITERACY mean to you?
Literacy is a gateway that allows one to travel to different lands & see issues from different viewpoints. This both expands one’s knowledge base & challenges long-held perspectives. It is how we grow & mature.
What books do you recommend?
I usually recommend books to folks I know, based on their interests. For those I don’t know I would suggest the following:
(Lord) Tom Denning’s “The Discipline of Law”,
Edgar Lee Masters’ “Spoon River Anthology”,
Omar El Akkad’s “American War”,
Jane Austen’s “Pride & Prejudice”,
JK Rowling’s “Harry Potter (series)”,
Bill Bryson’s “Shakespeare”,
Louise Penny’s series about Chief Inspector Armand Gamache.
“People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel” – Maya Angelou
“The secret of Freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of Tyranny is in keeping them ignorant” -Maximillen Robespierre