Dr. B Asks, “What are you reading?”

“This book is a banquet!”

Article by Dr. Erika Behrisch Elce

Especially towards the end of the semester, it becomes difficult to talk with RMC faculty about books they’re reading: we don’t always have time between marking, teaching, and research to pick up a book for pleasure. These days, though, Dr Irwin Streight, an associate professor in the English, Culture, and Communication Department, is making time for one of his favourites: Leith Enger’s Peace Like a River. It’s Enger’s first novel, and it sold a million copies (wow!); Dr Streight read it a decade ago but has returned to it because he enjoyed it so much. “Enger creates this rich imaginative world, peering into characters’ lives and circumstances and really caring about them.” This is fiction at its best? “Oh yes,” says Dr Streight, “as one critic put it, Enger’s novel reminds us of why we read fiction. I recently read his third novel,Virgil Wander, and it reminded me of how much I loved his first one. So here I am!”

Starved for time in the middle of term, sometimes a few moments carved out of a day for pleasure reading is its own reward; Dr Streight certainly sees it that way. As he puts it, “This book is a banquet.”