TRL: What book are you reading?
MB: I just finished reading
The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout.
TRL: What made you pick this book?
MB: I read her earlier book called Olive Kitteridge and I fell in love with her style.
She writes about the dynamics of families and the power of childhood memories that often spill into adulthood with frightening consequences. Coming from a large and complicated family myself, I’ve always been intrigued with this topic. There is so much below the surface of how families present themselves to society. Strout methodically peels back layer upon layer of the human condition, exposing raw nerves. It is here where healing can take place.
TRL: What are some things you’ve learned from this book?
MB: I have learned that the perfect family does not exist. There are always flaws and impropriety within any family nest no matter how strong and pure they may present. Events from the past that appear innocuous at the time sometimes become tortuous memories
with significant truth. The takeaway from this book is learn to accept others and their flaws and, paradoxically, love yourself despite your own flaws. Learn to own your mistakes and ask forgiveness.
TRL: Who should read this book?
MB: Anyone with family skeletons in their closet; in other words, everyone.
TRL: What was the last book you read?
DW: The last book I read was Crow Lake by Mary Lawson.
TRL: Why did you pick it?
DW: I chose this book as I just happened to be perusing the book sale cart at the Millennium Library on my lunch break when it caught my eye. It had been nominated as book of the year by a number of media outlets and as a Winnipegger, I couldn’t pass up a bestseller for $1.50!
The book is set in the heart of Canadian Shield in northern Ontario and focuses on the Morrison family who is deeply impacted by a tragedy. The story is told from the perspective of Kate who was a child at the time and follows her into adulthood. She struggles to make sense of her memories about how her family coped after the incident and how she ended up becoming estranged from her siblings over time. Fortunately, a family celebration brings them together offering the chance for reconciliation and understanding. The story is beautifully written in an understated manner and her descriptions of the physical landscape felt like home to me.
TRL: What do you love most about Canadian authors and books?
DW: I have a soft spot for Canadian literature as I think that there are many talented authors in our fine country. Maybe their stories resonate with me because I have lived here all of my life but I think that works of fiction can also help us identify what it means to be Canadian. This is even more significant now as we talk about reconciliation on a national level and hopefully move in the right direction. So in honour of Canada’s 150th, I think I need to discover another Canadian author! Anyone have suggestions for me?
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Ted’s Run for Literacy is pleased to announce that our 5 km course is now certified and sanctioned by Manitoba Runners’ Association. We certified the 10 km course years ago, but now, with the resurgence in popularity of the 5 km distance, we felt it’s time to update our 5 km course to the same standard.
Certification means it has been accurately measured and is recognized (sanctioned) by Manitoba Runners’ Association and Athletics Manitoba as a professionally competitive course.
We are indeed, the little race that could.
Mark your calendars, September 24 at Kildonan Park.
It’s a good day to be alive.
The 7th annual Ted’s Run for Literacy (or as the hip say, TRL) is Sunday, September 24, same Bat Place, same Bat Time. Remember, we’re the sleep-in race. We start at 10:00 AM while those other races start at the ungodly hour of 7:00AM!
Enjoy the extra zzz’s, brought to you by the good folks at TRL.
Registration closes at 11:59 PM on Thursday, September 22, 2016.
Registration on Race Day is available for the 2 km event only.
No Race Day registration for 5 or 1o km event.
We have a limited number of chipped bibs. Once they are gone, we are sold out.
The countdown is on! We sold out in 2015 so we strongly encourage you to register soon.
For more information on how to register click the “Register” tab above.
For information on Race Day click the “Race Day” tab above.
New this year… registration is now available at Stride Ahead.
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