I’ve enjoyed dipping in and out of Yann Martel’s latest book, What Is Stephen Harper Reading?. Martel (the author of Life of Pi) was concerned that he could find no mention of the prime minister’s reading habits (if any), except for an interview where Harper apparently answered the question, “What is your favourite book?” with “The Guinness Book of World Records.”
Because Martel believes that reading literature is an essential ingredient in what makes a good prime minister, Martel began sending Harper a short book every two weeks, along with a letter explaining why he recommended it. What Is Stephen Harper Reading? contains the first 55 letters. The letters (now up to Book # 72) are also available on Martel’s blog.
Here are just a few of the books Martel recommends, with links to their location at Laidlaw Library:
- Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
- Julius Caesar, by Shakespeare
- The Cellist of Sarajevo, by Steven Galloway
- Jane Austen, by Carol Shields
- Mister Pip, by Lloyd Jones