|Read All Over celebrates the bookworm in all of us, showcasing readers in Vancouver and the books they love most.|
|Carmen Ferguson. What will I say about this one. First off she’s one of the funniest and funnest people I know. She’s relatively new to the Vancouver comedy scene, but she is cool and refreshingly different and you should check her out. She’s also generous and warm to the point where she’ll make you a stir-fry with the last of her groceries when you’re down and out, not even flinching when you grab for the last of the Jameson’s. A great gift giver with amazing taste in music, Carmen’s playlists have soundtracked many a season and adventure for us fortunate to have them. As I’m writing this, I’m wondering why she isn’t famous. Why doesn’t she have a website with all her upcoming shows and playlists. Someone build Carmen Ferguson a website RIGHT now.|
What’s on your nightstand right now? Are you enjoying it?
I’m currently reading Everything Is Wrong with Me by Jason Mulgrew. I tend to migrate towards bios and memoirs. I find people wildly interesting, especially those willing to be earnest, and hopefully dark to the point of uncomfortable. I love classic black humour. I suppose I like writers in whom I hear a bit of my own voice, or whose candour I can respect. I’m also half reading David Cross’s I Drink for a Reason, Heads in Beds by Jacob Tomsky, and Eminent Hipsters by Donald Fagen. The latter two seem very much of the same grain.
Is this the genre you usually prefer?
I read mainly nonfiction, philosophy, psychology. I use reading to bank information rather than to escape. Although I’m not gonna front like I didn’t have a whole stack of Sweet Valleys – I once took out every book out I could find on Religion so I could better argue with solid points. I switched gears to light hearted memoirs once my teen angst wore off last year.
Who is your favourite Vancouver author?
I wouldn’t say he’s necessarily my favourite Vancouver author, but I enjoyed John Armstrong’s Guilty of Everything. It’s about the original punk scene in Vancouver in the 70’s. It has lots of cool snipets of local history and insight into what was going on in the city back then.
Where is your favourite place to crack open a book in the city?
I only ever read at home. I don’t walk and eat, and I certainly don’t read while on the bus like I’m looking to start a conversation with someone’s Aunt. Ever seen anyone walking while reading AND eating? It’s a real show. Like riding your bike with no hands while texting – just go ahead and move to Portland already! Just kidding. Everyone does their own thing. I simply have terrible concentration, so reading in public is rendered impossible. My reading style is distracted, with limited comprehension.