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Neil Funk-Unrau, Associate Dean of Menno Simons College

Currently Reading: Neil Funk-Unrau

We asked Neil Funk-Unrau what he's reading, and his answer might surprise you.

What do you like to read?

My fiction interests are fairly wide ranging. Take murder mysteries: the ones I like the most are the ones that take you to a new place, and give you the opportunity to learn about a different part of the world, and a different time.

I’m a fan of science fiction, and recently finished the Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy by the Chinese writer Liu Cixin.

So what are you currently reading? 

The Navigator of New York by Canadian author, Wayne Johnston.

What’s it about?

It’s a historical novel that moves from 1880s St. John’s, Newfoundland, through to New York, and on to the race to reach the north pole.

What made you pick it up?

I borrowed it from my oldest daughter’s bookshelf—we often have similar interests. Incidentally, she didn’t care for this one, but I wanted to give it a try anyway. I enjoyed a previous book of Johnston’s called The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, about the entrance of Newfoundland into Canada.

I like reading from different settings, ideas, cultures, and time periods, especially in fiction. It’s part of understanding the diversity in the world, and appreciating different perspectives and ideas.


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