Friday, January 09, 2009

"Someone almost always dies in the end"

I am excited about Roughing It In The Books, a reading project by Melanie Owen and Alexis Kienlen, who are each attempting to read the entire New Canadian Library. It's easy to take the NCL for granted now, but when the series started 50 years ago, it was unprecedented and it remains important. Certainly Owen and Kienlen will need to blow the dust off some of the texts, and it's not going to be easy, but they'll surely find some treasure and some books are guaranteed to be a joy. I'm looking forward to reading along (albeit vicariously), and no doubt they'll inspire me to pick up a book or two.