I was the kind of kid whose favourite thing about the last day of school was that it was also the day we went to our local library to sign up for the summer reading club. As a teenager, my first formal job was shelving books at that same library. These days, I work as journalist at CBC Victoria and volunteer as a tutor with Victoria Literacy Connection. If you see me walking through the city with my headphones on, it’s quite likely I’m listening to a book.
I have loved The Diviners by Margaret Laurence since I first read it in university. I also have a handful of comfort reads, which I return to regularly. Beth O’Leary’s The Flatshare is currently at the top of that pile.
What does LITERACY mean to you?
Literacy is the ability to access perspectives you haven’t heard, and escape to worlds you could never imagine.
What books do you recommend?
–A Mind Spread Out on the Ground by Alicia Elliot
–Shadow Life by Hiromi Goto
–Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space by Amanda Leduc
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” -Anne Shirley, in Anne of Green Gables (because I love Octobers, and Anne’s wonder at the world)