What I’m looking for . . .
At the base of it all, I’m enthralled by books that explore how we deal with the complexity of our lives and world in a creative and formative way. Since I’m involved as co-publisher with our books in a broad number of ways, I acquire in areas I read the most: fantasy and sci-fi. But there have been others: we keep an open mind at ECW! Sheldon Cohen’s This Sweater Is For You! is a perfect example of a brilliant look in how a great artist creates that I never would have asked for, but loved when I read it.
What’s on my bookshelves at home . . .
Since I’m restricted to only a few shelves at home, the ones I’ve chosen to keep there are pretty telling. From Alice Munro to Emily Schultz to non-fiction like John Ralston Saul, The Open Circle by Andrew Todd and Jean-Guy Lecat, Jim Collins’s Good to Great, to Thomas Penn’s Winter King. On the fantasy side, there’s Guy Gavriel Kay, Steven Erikson, and newer writers like Sebastien de Castell if you want a sense of what I like.
What I do outside of work . . .
I’ve got two teenaged kids, and have often become engaged in their interests over the years. I play a lot of squash, and watch baseball and other sports. I do the usual consumption of pop culture: listen to CBC Radio, binge watch various shows on Netflix, get enthralled by a new album. With a previous life in theatre, I don’t see nearly enough plays. I love being a part of my local community, and I’m currently involved in a city committee to improve my local neighbourhood. And I love the way genealogy shows us how each person was an important historical figure in her/his own right.