We asked staff to share their favourite Canadian read with you. If you’re taking part in our NVCL Reads: Canada 150 bingo game, you can use these reads for Five Star Reads (#NVCLreadsFiveStar) or use your own favourite (we’d love it if you shared it with us).
Our Multicultural Services Librarian, Fereshteh, raves about Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance. Why? “After so many years, I can still remember the story vividly, this book transports the reader to a world filled with colour , taste, smell and unforgettable characters challenged by their human condition and unpredictable destiny.”
Audrey, our Administrative Assistant’s all-time favourite Canadian book is The Diviners by Margaret Laurence. “This classic book, part of the Manawaka series, is not only well written and engrossing, it also accurately depicts small town Canadian life which is familiar to me, being from a small town myself. I have also visited her homestead in Neepawa, Manitoba!”
One of our Auxiliary Public Service Assistants, Timothy, chose a non-fic pick: “My most recent favourite is The NHL: A Centennial History by D’Arcy Jenish. It is well written book with plenty of stories of how the NHL grew from a struggling league based out of Montreal and Toronto into the predominant hockey league of the modern era.”
As did Margarete, our Special Services Coordinator, who chose 52 best day trips from Vancouver by Jack Christie as her pick. “Jump in your car and go out and explore this great area. It has so much to offer. Many of these places can be reached by bus too. Jack gives some great short adventures usually within ½ hour of the North Shore. Once you are at you location, you can walk or hike the location, and see its many sight or just sit and enjoy your surroundings. The book also allows you to plan side trips on the way to your destination.
Why not a new location every day for the summer, or at least a weekend getaway, without the coast of lodging. Staycation at its best.”
And finally our beloved Bear wanted to share his favourite book, Winston of Churchill, though he was pretty quiet on what made it a favourite. (I wonder why…)
Have a 5-star Canadian read you’d like to share? Sound off in the comments below!