KT summer reads: Vicky Smallman

We wanted to know what Vicky Smallman, National Director, Women’s and Human Rights at Canadian Labour Congress, was reading this summer. She was travelling for work so she emailed her reads to us instead. Here’s what she wrote: 

Hintonburg resident Vicky Smallman and her daughter Audrey are already getting started on their beach reading.

Here’s what is on my plate for the summer. For work-type purposes, I plan on reading Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me.  Since I work on women’s and equality issues, it’s a phenomenon I have encountered from time to time (and in some settings quite a lot!).  I expect that this book will not only be validating, but also perhaps help fuel my energy for continuing to work for positive change.

I’m not always a very serious reader though, and in the summer I really need some mind candy. This year I am looking forward to reading my aunt’s latest mystery featuring her heroine Sherri Travis, a wisecracking Florida bartender with a tendency to get into troublesome situations. Phyllis Smallman may be my aunt but I have enjoyed all her books immensely and I am happy to recommend them. Her newest novel is called Martini Regrets.  

Recently I asked my Facebook friends for summer reading ideas (I love Facebook for that kind of crowdsourcing!) and a few people suggested The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. It sounds like a compelling read – perfect for a lakeside retreat. I’m looking forward to checking it out.

This post is part of our annual KT summer reads issue. Read all of our other profiles right here.



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