Volunteer Profile: Esha Whitlam

Volunteer role: Event volunteer

What’s the most important lesson you ever learned?
All skills are always transferable.

What or who makes you laugh out loud?
Anything written by Terry Pratchett and Eliezer Yudkowsky’s Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality.

What is the best book you read in the last year?
Uprooted, by Naomi Novik.

What is your favourite reading: fiction, non-fiction, or poetry?

What is your guilty pleasure?
Consuming dehydrating alcohol while baking in skin-cancer-causing sunshine!

What is your favourite proofreading mark?

What is your favourite punctuation mark?
The comma.

What is your dream vacation destination?
Anywhere warm(er)!

If you were presented with a book that told the story of your entire life from start to finish, what would you do with it?
I’d read at least some of it, to see how much was accurate. Probably try to find out who wrote it! If it magically dropped into my lap with no author and was 100% accurate… I’d have fun chopping out boring bits, adding commentary, and maybe publishing it (anonymously?). I would love to live in a world that automatically generated biographies for every living person!

What is your favourite word? Why?
I have too many favourite words to pick one, but anyone who knows me would recognize sensible as my favourite adjective to describe personal approval. When I use it, I mean sensible as a high compliment!

What is your favourite place in Canada?
Nanaimo’s Waterfront Walkway, but only in the summer.

What is the last book you read?
Revenge of the Spellmans, by Lisa Lutz.

What are your favourite book genres?
Fantasy and science fiction.