Recently retired Winnipeg Free Press books editor
"I'm halfway through The Orphan Master's Son, the chilling 2012 novel set in North Korea by California-based creative writing prof Adam Johnson. Orwell would approve. Next up for me is the three novels my wife and I selected for our annual Book Lovers Cruise -- Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea, Jamaica Kincaid's Annie John and J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy. Then, to reflect upon my newfound emancipation, Driving with Plato: The Meaning of Life's Milestones, by Robert Rowland Smith, who appears to be Britain's answer to Mark Kingwell."