Catcher in the Rye was a high school assignment that I hated at first but then I grew to identify with the main character. It's a story of a teenager in a changing world, dealing with depression and a feeling of isolation.
—Duncan Mercredi, poet and storyteller
Duncan Mercredi is a Metis poet, writer and storyteller who will be featured as part of the Human Library at the Millennium Library from January 24 - 26.
Since he's about to become a human book, SCENE wanted to know what Mercredi likes to read. He told us it was hard to choose:
Although I have, in the last few years scaled back considerably on picking up new books to read, I do occasionally scan books that have been recommended by friends. If they do not capture my attention after a quick read, I set them aside and forego a second read through.
I suppose the last two books that I really got into were Kiss of the Fur Queen by Tomson Highway and Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden.
"Half-Breed by Maria Campbell" (Goodread Biographies)
But if you are asking which books made a lasting impact on me, they would be Catcher in the Rye
by J. D. Salinger and Halfbreed
by Maria Campbell. I read Halfbreed
after my mother recommended it. I was instantly attracted to the characters described by Maria. These were people I knew from my village. I had discovered a voice in Maria that sounded like me and that it was okay to put on paper all that was good and all that was bad about a person. Catcher in the Rye
was a high school assignment that I hated at first but then I grew to identify with the main character. It's a story of a teenager in a changing world, dealing with depression and a feeling of isolation. I read it as a teenager, so to a certain extent I could relate. It is probably the only book that I reread every year for the next 10 years. Duncan Mercredi is featured as part of On the Same Page at the Millennium Library on Tuesday January 22 at 7:00 p.m. As well, check out the Human Library at the Millennium Library from January 24 - 26. It is presented by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and CBC Manitoba.