Part of the appeal of reading this book, to be honest, was where I read it. In a bookstore! I needed to kill some time and this book caught my eye on one of those feature tables.
Popping into this bookstore earlier today made my week. Seriously. Here’s what MacLeod Books looks like from the outside. It looks really quaint and full of books, but it’s really just a huge tease! (You can click on any of the pictures in this post to see them in full-size.) Here’s a sneak peak of the inside of the store, looking in from the front door: And I really do mean a peak, since this is only a couple of shots of the main floor, and there’s more in the basement! I think I may be in love. Why don’t we have any used bookstores like this in Toronto? Or have I just never seen them before? This place is huge and has books out the whazoo!
He shops at independent bookstores. And buys books for his kids (and those of his staff!). He brings 5 books (2300 pages) with him on a one-week vacation. He answers questions about literacy, including making a comment about being a C students isn’t a mark of honour for a president. He proclaimed October 2009 as National Information Literacy Awareness Month. He is the subject of many articles and blog posts (such as this one) which talk about his love of reading and how it will affect, and be affected by, his presidency. He is considered well-read in many genres and subjects, even when people would normally consider these public lists a PR stunt. His inner poet is a major factor in his election and his popularity. He is a writer. A good one. He sent a handwritten note to Yann Martel, telling him how much he enjoyed reading Life of Pi with his daughter. That earned him some serious bonus points on many levels. Can anybody think of anything I’ve missed?