This is who I am reading these days

I don’t think I’ve ever attended a writers’ event, either as a spectator or as a participant, that the question isn’t posed, “Who are you reading these days?”
I never seem to have an answer at the ready. After all, no one asks me who I am wearing–and that’s a good thing.
I don’t think well on my feet so I could never have been a politician or a lawyer. I have to go away and ponder before I can answer almost all questions.
How are you? Hmmm. I have a sneezy nose today, and I’ve been sneezing pretty much non-stop since I got up, but is it really worth mentioning? I didn’t sleep that well last night but that is nothing new.
I’m not sure people really want the truth when they ask you how you are doing? I think those words merely are an extension of a nod of the head, but let me get back to you on that so I can have a well thought-out response because you just might want to know I have a tooth that is bothering me.
I also was never good at arguing, whether I was right or wrong. Either way, I couldn’t put two sentences together that made any sense or had some clout. I had great comebacks an hour or two later but, as you know, that doesn’t work.
I am an eclectic reader. I stumble upon books, literally. If I am in the library and I stumble and put my hand out to steady myself, I just might read the book my hand lands upon. I get most of my reading ideas from CBC’s “The Next Chapter” with Shelagh Rogers.
It’s no secret that “To Kill A Mockingbird” tops my list. I read it every few years and never tire of Harper Lee’s masterpiece, but top space also is shared by the works of Richard Wagamese and, more recently, Tanya Talaga, who I am certain is a writer who will light the path for us and has done so; who informs, educates, and inspires us to do better, to be part of the collective that will make us a stronger country.
Tanya Talaga is an investigative journalist with the Toronto Star. She will deliver, and has delivered, the 2018 Massey Lecture, which kicked off in Thunder Bay on Oct. 16. She is the author of Seven Fallen Feathers, which I just finished reading, and the Massey Lecture is the presentation of her new book, “All Our Relations, Finding The Path Forward.”
I’ve just started to read this book and will have a difficult time putting it down until I’m done.
The Massey Lectures were created in 1961 to honour Vincent Massey, who served as Governor General of Canada from 1952-59. The purpose of the lectures is “to enable distinguished authorities to communicate the results of original study on important subjects of contemporary interest.”
Martin Luther King Jr. was a Massey lecturer in 1967 and many other distinguished names appear on the list.
The Massey Lectures were presented in Thunder Bay, Halifax, Vancouver, Saskatoon, and Toronto. Halifax was a sell-out crowd and I wasn’t one of those with a ticket in my hand, but they will be broadcast on CBC Radio’s “Ideas” beginning on Nov. 12.
I’ll be sure to tune in then.
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