Dr. Bon­nie Henry

Pro­vin­cial health of­fi­cer in charge of B.C.’s COVID-19 re­sponse

ZOOMER Magazine - - THE ZOOMER BOOK CLUB - — Athena McKen­zie

> What’s the best book you’ve read this year and why?

I haven’t un­for­tu­nately had a chance to read much since be­ing con­sumed with COVID-19! But I have a se­lec­tion that is build­ing on my bed­side ta­ble, in­clud­ing The Splen­did and the Vile by Erik Lar­son, Aria by Naza­nine Hozar and Ian McEwan’s lat­est, Ma­chines Like Me. Some­day I hope to have time to read again.

> What book can’t you wait to dive into and why?

Carlo Rovelli’s The Or­der of Time. Ever since I read his book Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, I have been fas­ci­nated by the way he presents com­plex the­o­ret­i­cal physics in a way that makes sense and is al­most po­etry.

> What’s your favourite book of all time?

I have a few: The Un­bear­able Light­ness of Be­ing by Mi­lan Kun­dera, and I also love Madeleine Thien’s Do Not Say We Have Noth­ing for its won­der­ful, lyri­cal story of love and revo­lu­tion. And I so ad­mire Chi­ma­manda Ngozi Adichie for her suc­cinct and poignant We Should All Be Fem­i­nists.

> What book com­pletely changed your per­spec­tive?

Al­bert Camus’ The Plague and also José Sara­m­ago’s Blind­ness, and more re­cently The Book of Joy with His Ho­li­ness the Dalai Lama and Rev­erend Des­mond Tutu. And a beau­ti­ful book called Em­bers by Richard Wagamese.

> If you could have din­ner with any au­thor, liv­ing or dead, who would it be?

Right now, Tanya Ta­laga, to hear from her what more I can do to make sure In­dige­nous lives mat­ter.

Tanya Ta­laga

The Dalai Lama

Des­mond TuTu

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