What is Stephen Harper Reading?: Yann Martel's Recommended Reading for a Prime Minister (and Book Lovers of All Stripes)

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Vintage Canada, 2009 - Best books - 233 pages
“I know you’re very busy, Mr. Harper. We’re all busy. But every person has a space next to where they sleep, whether a patch of pavement or a fine bedside table. In that space, at night, a book can glow. And in those moments of docile wakefulness, when we begin to let go of the day, then is the perfect time to pick up a book and be someone else, somewhere else, for a few minutes, a few pages, before we fall asleep.”

From the author of Life of Pi comes a literary correspondence — recommendations to Canada’s Prime Minister of great short books that will inspire and delight book lovers and book club readers across our nation.

Every two weeks since April 16th, 2007, Yann Martel has mailed Stephen Harper a book along with a letter. These insightful, provocative letters detailing what he hopes the Prime Minister may take from the books — by such writers as Jane Austen, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Stephen Galloway — are collected here together. The one-sided correspondence (Mr. Harper’s office has only replied once) becomes a meditation on reading and writing and the necessity to allow ourselves to expand stillness in our lives, even if we’re not head of government.

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User Review  - Cecilturtle - LibraryThing

Books have often been used as a political tool, but in this initiative, Martel achieves several things: demonstrating the importance of reading, sending a wonderful homage to books and their authors ... Read full review

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User Review  - juliana_t - LibraryThing

I loved reading through Yann Martel's letters to Harper. I enjoyed the recommended titles, but also the rationale for the project. It was interesting how the tone of the letters changed over time ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Yann Martel is the prize-winning author of the internationally acclaimed Life of Pi, which won the 2002 Booker Prize, The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, a collection of short stories, and Self, a novel. He lives in Saskatoon.

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