Anyway. A follow-up from one of my posts last week:
Miriam Teows's A Complicated Kindness was the last book standing at the end of CBC's Canada Reads challenge. Teows's novel, about a teenaged Mennonite girl living in the prairies, was championed by John K. Samson from The Weakerthans in a week-long panel debate that also included lawyer/politico/writer Maureen McTeer and Scott Thompson from The Kids in the Hall.
A Complicated Kindness is much more contemporary and edgy and sympathetic than my brief description makes it sound. Don't think "updated Little House on the Prairies." Think "somewhat more uplifting Cruddy."
My understanding is that the next step after announcing the winner is enlisting Canadians across the land to read the book. But really, I think people everywhere should read this novel. I don't often tout books as having something for everyone, but I really think almost anyone can get something out of this story. It's that good.
In other news, I got two emails within an hour of each other -- from tuckova and Kim -- pointing me to this crazy thing. You recall that I have a thing for chairs, as well as a thing for bookshelves? Those nutty kids over at the Italian design firm Nobody & Co. have brought these two great flavours together in the Bibliochaise.
I know it's totally 1998 to point out cute other-language-to-English translated web copy, but according to the Nobody & Co. website:
The Bibliochaise is an armchairlibrary for who likes to be immersed in deep reading.Apparently it can shelve five linear metres worth of books, which is pretty impressive, but I'm curious as to how comfortable it is. It looks a tad... cubey. And there doesn't seem to be much padding inside the arms. Also, I'm not sure how I feel about the aesthetics of it. Maybe a teak or mahogany or even birch veneer, rather than black? And something other than orange vinyl for the upholstery. I'm thinking that mismatched books don't really work with this chair, either. Much as I hate the matchy-matchy approach to organizing books, sometimes it works.
Hm. This chair is starting to seem like a lot of work. What do you guys think? Yay or nay?