Connie Kaldor on a book that's too good to read quickly
Juno award–winning singer/songwriter Connie Kaldor has toured the world, recorded 14 albums and written three children's books. She told The Next Chapter she's been savouring Daddy Lenin and other Stories, a collection of short stories by Guy Vanderhaeghe that won the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction in 2015.
I rushed out and bought this immediately when it hit the shelves because Guy Vanderhaeghe is one of my favourite authors. I have loved everything that he's written. I discovered him in Saskatoon years ago, and normally I'm the kind of person who just throws themselves in — you can't even talk to me till I've finished the book. But this book is just so delicious that I'm savouring it. I don't want to read them all at once. They're powerful, they're dark, they're interesting. He's a writer who drags me into whatever he wants to say. He's a master writer, and I think anyone could enjoy anything he's written. He's amazing.
Connie Kaldor's comments have been edited and condensed.