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CATE President Jodi Nickel (Mount Royal University) shared her latest read with CSSE:
I’m currently reading the novel It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis. I was inspired to read it while listening to the CBC Radio Ideas podcast American Fascism: It Can’t Happen Here? Eerily prescient, Lewis wrote this book in 1935 when the US was still relatively unaware of Hitler’s fascism. There are many frightening parallels between the novel and current events south of the border that would interest CSSE members, most notably media interference.
CASWE Member Lindsay Herriot (Victoria) currently has two books on her bedside table: Transforming Vision: Explorations in Feminist The*logy (Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza) and The Golden Compass (by Phillip Pullman).
The first is because I’m fascinated by feminist and queer theology. While I’m currently working on a related project with Dr. Tonya Callaghan at the University of Calgary called The Catholic Closet, I’m reading this one for non-work reasons. In truth, I came across it at a used book sale, and am so glad I did. Besides being a seminal work in the field, it’s a fantastic read.
The second is borrowed to from the library, and my spouse is reading a few pages out loud every night. While we’re only at chapter 5 (no spoilers please!) it seems rather fitting for these political times. Also there’s talking animals, so that’s pretty great.
Rob Nellis, CACS Past President and a faculty member at Red Deer College, current has two books to recommend:
I’ve just finished two books that I really liked. A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety by Jimmy Carter and Blood Lyrics by Katie Ford. I suppose when a person such as Mr. Carter gets to be his age, he’s earned the right to tell his own story with whatever sweet inflections he may bring. I especially appreciated the chapters about his younger years growing up in Georgia. I also valued Blood Lyrics by Katie Ford – I found her poems to have such an urgency, rooted in her embodied experience and pulling in the anxieties of the modern world.
McGill University’s Mindy Carter shared her latest read with us:
The latest book I have read this summer is Paul Beatty’s The Sellout. This book is a NY times bestseller and Man Booker prize winner. It is a comedic satire that questions American society through the proposal of reinstating slavery, and segregating a high school (among other things).