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Laurie Fraser is our Type Reader for December

Laurie is a teacher at Upper Canada College, where she lives on the campus with her husband and two young girls and their 44 "brothers" who board there. She is a regular at our Forest Hill location, where many a lunch break has been wiled away chatting with our staff and poking around what she calls "a little jewel box of all my favourite things". 

"I feel so grateful that such a special store is in my neighborhood, " Laurie tells us, "It always feels good to visit TYPE."  We love Laurie's visits so much, we've named her our very last Type Reader of 2015.


What is the first book you remember loving?
I fell in love with books when I read To Kill A Mockingbird  over Christmas break when I was 13 (bored at my grandparents, annoyed by my older brother... it was an act of desperation to pick up a book). Thanks, Auntie Mu for the best Christmas gift ever.  

What is your favorite virtue in a book?
When I miss it as soon as I am finished. That usually occurs when I feel strong emotions while reading.

What do you appreciate most in a book character?
When you feel for the character and for me it is usually because of their vulnerability. I love it when a character’s awkwardness or angst results in humour. Not that you are laughing at them, but because you can totally empathize. Where’d You Go Bernadette, Elegance of the Hedgehog, Prep, and This Book Will Save You Life are a few that offer that.

What character do you dislike the most?
Estella’s cruelty adds to my love for Pip. Ewell makes us cheer more for Scout, Tom and Atticus.

If you were to write a non-fiction book about anything, what would it be?
Oh, I would love to write a cookbook. Other than reading, baking is my favorite downtime activity. My daughters bake with me. I have actually been in a cookbook book club. Read, and eat, and socialize. Perfection!

Your favourite prose authors?
Each one of these authors has given me a moment from their writing that has lingered since reading it: Michael Ondaatje, Mo Willems, John Irving, James Howe, Milan Kundera, Charles Dickens, Alistair MacLeod, A.M. Holmes, Jeffrey Eugenides, Maria Semple, Harper Lee. 

Your favourite poets?
Well, I teach grade 7 and we read Oranges  by Gary Soto (we also eat chocolates and oranges when we read it to enhance our literary experience and focus on sensory imagery) so that’s a favorite. Billy Collins’, On Turning Ten  is a heartbreaker. And pretty much anything by Maya Angelou or e.e. cummings.

What book do you pretend to have read, but in fact have not?
Not sure as an English teacher I should 'fess up to that one! However, I can admit to not having finished many novels. After 60 or so pages if I don’t care about at least one character, I am usually done.

What book(s) are you reading right now?
Fates and the Furies  by Lauren Groff. Beautiful writing and engaging characters. Up next: Furiously Happy  by Jenny Lawson.