Canada Reads

Jody Mitic

Jody Mitic defended M.G. Vassanji's novel Nostalgia on Canada Reads 2017.
Jody Mitic is a Canadian Armed Forces veteran and Ottawa city councillor. (CBC)

Jody Mitic defended Nostalgia by M.G. Vassanji on Canada Reads 2017. The book was eliminated on Day Two of the debates.

A 20-year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, Jody Mitic served as a master corporal and sniper team leader on three active tours of duty over the course of seven years. One day in 2007, while on a mission in a small Afghan village, he stepped on a landmine and lost both of his legs below the knees. Within three years he was not only walking again — he was running. By 2013, Mitic was starring in the blockbuster reality TV show The Amazing Race Canada. In 2014 he reinvented himself again, winning a seat as a city councillor for Ottawa. Mitic tells his story in the 2015 memoir Unflinching: The Making of a Canadian Sniper.

Interviews

Jody Mitic, a veteran who survived stepping on a landmine, explains why he connected with M.G. Vassanji's novel Nostalgia. 1:02