For the love of books……

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Since February is ‘I love to Read month’ in Manitoba, here are some quotes about the love of reading from just a few of many beloved Canadian writers……..

“I am simply a ‘book drunkard’! Books have the same irresistable temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.” L. M. Montomery – author of Anne of Green Gables.

“All over western Canada, people were reading as never before. They may have fallen asleep over books and magazines that were beyond their understanding, but they were searching for a sign, a light to guide them out of their own personal wilderness.” – James H. Gray – The Winter Years, a well-known Manitoba born author on reading during the depression years on the prairies.

“Tables full of them, shelves bursting with them: Pansy and Elsie books, and the Leather-Stocking Tales, and sets of Dickens and Scott and Balzac and Ouida. My only comfort in looking at such wealth was that someday I would be able to buy them all.”

Manitoba’s Nellie McClung – Clearing in the West. This writer was one of the most important leaders in Canada and helped to secure the vote for Canadian women. Here she speaks out on visiting Richardson’s bookstore in Winnipeg in 1889.

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