Dale Curd’s five books that mat­ter

Host of CBC’s new TV show Hello Good­bye tells us about his fave lit­er­ary finds

Richmond Hill Post - - Arts - by Ron John­son

The CBC’s Hello Good­bye, which premiered last month, takes place in an air­port where trav­ellers from near and far con­gre­gate to meet, greet and de­part. The new show tells the in­ti­mate sto­ries of the air­port: the emo­tional highs and heart­break­ing lows. Through it all, host Dale Curd needs to forge a re­la­tion­ship with each per­son, al­low­ing them to open up and share in front of the cam­eras.

“What sur­prised me most was how will­ing peo­ple were to share their lives and sto­ries with me,” says the Toronto na­tive. “In each con­ver­sa­tion there was a mo­ment where the fact that we were strangers to each other dis­ap­peared and each per­son opened up to me like a good friend.”

An­other thing they do at air­ports and air­planes is wait. A lot. And where there is wait­ing, in lob­bies and aboard planes, there are books to fill the time. Here are five of Curd’s all-time faves for whiling the day away.

The World Ac­cord­ing to Garp by John Irv­ing

It’s the first book I ever cried while read­ing. I think I could re­late to Garp and his life: the ex­pe­ri­ences; his big-hearted na­ture, tragic re­la­tion­ship with girls and women; and his alone­ness. He’s a lis­tener and a loner, and at times both have been true for me.

One Hun­dred Years of Soli­tude by Gabriel Gar­cía Márquez

It’s an epic, and it took me a lot of per­se­ver­ance to get through it when I was in my early 20s. I love the rich­ness of the char­ac­ters. Th­ese are peo­ple who strug­gle with life and oth­ers but mostly with them­selves.

When the Body Says No by Ga­bor Maté

Spend enough time lis­ten­ing to peo­ple and their life strug­gles, as I have, and af­ter a while, it be­comes clear that there is a pow­er­ful link be­tween our minds and bod­ies. When your life is un­healthy, your body will be the mes­sen­ger of what is deeply ail­ing you. This is a must-read from a man who is a liv­ing Cana­dian leg­end.

The Hyp­no­tist by Lars Ke­pler

I gob­ble up mys­ter­ies like candy floss. I guess I’m just like my mother. Dark, sen­sa­tional, psy­cho­log­i­cally thrilling, this book keeps my mind hum­ming. No one writes noir mys­tery bet­ter than the Scan­di­na­vians. They just seem to know that what we fear most is what is in­side of us.

All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

I like tac­tile writ­ing, which is to say I love writ­ers who can make me feel the words on the page. This is a pure love story, an Amer­i­can ver­sion

of Romeo and

Juliet com­bined with Can­dide set in the grit of the south­west. I have a part of me that is a cow­boy at heart, a rest­less soul who feels at home in big na­ture and big feel­ings and who would die for love.

Dale Curd

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