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ONE TO ONE Literacy Society Tells SVP About Their Favourite Books

Posted by SVP Vancouver
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The Vancouver Writers Festival is in full swing this week over on Granville Island. Getting into the spirit of things, we popped across the hall to ask some of our favourite bookworms at the ONE TO ONE Literacy Society for a few book recommendations—be they books from childhood or something read recently.

Here’s are some of their past and recent page-turning favourites:


The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
Recommended by: Carol Neuman, Executive Director

The Paper Bag Princess was one of the first books my parents read to me. I couldn’t get enough of this fairy tale–brimming with adventure, bravery and life lessons that have stuck with me to this day.


Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Recommended by: Liz Van Den Hanenberg, Volunteer Coordinator

It’s a fun read about a quirky mother and former architect, Bernadette, who goes mysteriously missing in Antarctica. The story is told with a collection of correspondence between the eccentric characters of her life. Bonus: B is a transplant from California with an often funny but frank opinion on life in PNW.


Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
Recommended by: Alistair Nagle, Program Manager 

I like it because,  like a lot of Canadian literature, the setting plays an important role. From a plantation in Barbados to the Arctic to the East Coast of Canada and beyond, Edugyan is great at making the reader feel like they are in the middle of the action.


On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
Recommended by: Blythe Kingcroft, Fundraising and Communications Coordinator

It’s an imaginative wave of genre-blurring beauty. Part non-fiction, part poetry, part fiction, part prose, this 100% devastating novel takes the form of an epistolary memoir and follows Little Dog as he—a queer Vietnamese-American boy—comes of age in 2000s Hartford, Connecticut.


Little Bee by Chris Cleave
Recommended by: Charlotte Hussey, Former Fundraising and Communications Coordinator

This book moves between two very distinct voices; a refugee from Nigeria and a young widow in England. The way in which the stories intertwine is beautiful and brings the reader a personal connection to the very current issues around asylum and immigration.