Monday, July 03, 2017

Arts Journal - Words

Is This The Year The World Will Get Re-Excited About Canadian Literature?

Maybe? “Few writers have seen, first-hand, the way Canadian literature is embraced internationally more than Madeleine Thien. She has been travelling, seemingly non-stop, since her Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning Do Not Say We Have Nothing, a novel both global in scope and profoundly Canadian, was published last year. What she’s discovered, she says on the phone from Umbria, Italy, which she was visiting for a music festival organized by the Canadian classical pianist Angela Hewitt – this immediately on the heels of a two-week prepublication tour of Japan – is that Canadian literature is not viewed the same way, but changes from country to country, region to region.”

The Author Whose Viral Post About Her Stroke Led To A Book Bidding War

Alexander Chee interviews Christine Myung-Oak Lee. Lee on what she learned during the release of her memoir, something she’ll use for her book tour with her novel: “Writers have ‘perfect readers’ — the readers who understand exactly what you’ve written, but these are always few. In this way, the MFA workshop is great training ground for book reviews and public reception of one’s work — you learn that not everyone, which includes very intelligent people, will love your work.”

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