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"Follow The Reader" is our series featuring unconventional leaders and trailblazers and diving into the books that made them.

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Christine Staley: fighting for every child’s right to read

Every child deserves to learn to read. Christine Staley, executive director of Dyslexia Canada, has made this her North Star and it’s hard to disagree with

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Tanya Lee on making room for girls to read

Tanya Lee is the boundary-smashing founder of A Room of Your Own, a book club for at-risk teenage girls and non-binary teens.

Author Interviews

That ‘Son of a Critch’: Mark Critch on his memoir-turned-TV-series

Mark Critch, author of the memoir Son of a Critch and star of the hit sitcom of the same name, told us about making the show, his favourite books—and more.

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Meet Izzy Martchenko, voracious reader

Isabella Martchenko read 750 books last year, raising nearly $6500 for MS research. This year, Izzy’s aiming for 250 longer, more challenging reads.

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Jesse Wente: storyteller and truth-seeker

Jesse Wente, Anishinaabe broadcaster and arts leader, spoke with us about his book Unreconciled, winner of the 2022 Emerging Writer Prize for Non-Fiction.

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Roland Gulliver: Reimagining the Toronto International Festival of Authors

Roland Gulliver, former associate director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, shares his excitement for what he's hoping to bring to TIFA.

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Fenton Jagdeo on radical curiosity

Toronto Transit Commissioner Fenton Jagdeo explained his passion for radical curiosity and shared some of the books that have made him who he is.

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Spencer West wants to do all he can

We spoke with disability activist and social media star Spencer West about representing disabled queerness and the books he looks to for inspiration.

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Kim Vance-Mubanga: advancing LGBTIQ rights worldwide

We spoke with Kim Vance-Mubanga, director of International Partnerships and Programs at 2SLGBTQI advocacy group Egale Canada, about what Pride means now.

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