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Martel Harper Challenge

Interesting Book Challenge


Dewey from Hidden Side of the Leaf is hosting the Martel-Harper Challenge.

Canadian author Yann Martel who wrote Life of PI sends the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, a book to read every two weeks. Martel was one of 50 authors who went to the house of commons to celebrate the fifty years of the Canada Council for the Arts. The Prime Minister seemed less than interested and did not speak during the occasion and continually shuffled papers. The complete story may be found at the link below - What is Stephen Harper reading.

Martel decided "For as long as Stephen Harper is Prime Minister of Canada, I vow to send him every two weeks, mailed on a Monday, a book that has been known to expand stillness. That book will be inscribed and will be accompanied by a letter I will have written. I will faithfully report on every new book, every inscription, every letter, and any response I might get from the Prime Minister, on this website.

Dewey is hosting this perpetual challenge to read 2 books per quarter from the list. On "What is Stephen Harper Reading" site is a list of the 39 books he has sent so far with a copy of the letter that accompanied the book.

Book # 1 is The Death of Ivan Ilych, by Leo Tolstoy
Book # 2 is Animal Farm which I read a long time ago so will skip it.
Book # 3 is The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, by Agatha Christie

I'll just add #1 and #3 to my fall reading list.

If you want to join into the challenge, head on over to dewey's and sign up.

It would be interesting if someone choose to do the same thing to our newly elected president - whomever it may be.


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