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.
At the moment, my favourite book is Madeleine Thien’s novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing. After staying up to 3 a.m. to finish it, I immediately emailed her to say how much I liked it. When I woke up in the morning, she had sent a reply and signed it “Maddie.” I thought, “Cool, we’re Jack and Maddie now.”
What does LITERACY mean to you?
From the time I was a child, literacy has taken me places beyond my imagination
What books do you recommend?
I recommend any book that you can’t put down (particularly in the bathtub). I recently surprised myself by being engrossed by Brilliant, which was a history of the evolution of artificial light.
Winston Churchill: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.”