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Books and Fairy Dust

Admit it, we all need books and fairy dust once in a while.

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This year, CBC Radio was conducting a survey of sorts with a public vote asking listeners to choose which book from the past two decades we think was the Giller winner of all Giller Award winners. I didn’t even have to think about it — that came naturally, even after I reviewed the entire list (you know, just in case). So I voted. But in order to place a vote, each voter was required to write a little blurb about why they chose that book over the others. I chose Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance (I realize it was once an Oprah pick but I read it years before she chose it 🙂 ). Absolutely one of the top 10 books I have ever read! And that is saying something.

So here is the cool part. On Twitter today I noticed they tweeted that they were announcing the book that the public voted as number one. I opened the link, and could see immediately it was A Fine Balance. But the bigger surprise came part way into their article. They used an excerpt from my reason for selecting the book within their article! No kidding. Take a look.

So, like I said, we all need books and fairy dust once in a while.

I realize picking a single favourite book is impossible but what would you say is one of your all-time favourite books, and why?

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lisa - September 18, 2013 - 4:39 pm

Wow!! How neat is this, Diane???
I’ve not heard of this book, but you can bet Im going to check it out.
I hope you’ve had a wonderful day!

Anne - September 18, 2013 - 10:07 pm

Way to go. I have not read this one but will add it to my list

Sherry at Still and All - September 19, 2013 - 9:39 am

How wonderful, Diane. Your comments about the book are full of heart and beautifully expressed. You write so eloquently. And I agree, it is a magnificent book. I find it impossible to pick an all-time favorite book…there are so many I love. And many of the books that have had the greatest impact have been memoirs…

Jennifer - September 27, 2013 - 8:03 am

How neat that they quoted you! Rohinton Mistry’s book is one of my all time favourite Canadian books. The characters are all so vivid and real. I have yet to read Through the Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden which was the runner up. We heard Joseph Boyden speak about his latest novel The Orenda at the Word on the Street in Toronto. What an interesting and funny speaker he was!