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"Talking with a master" on Canada Reads blog

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"Talking with a master" on Canada Reads blog

CBC’s Canada Reads runs from February 25 to 29, so if you haven’t already read the five books nominated by five celebrity panelists as “the Canadian book to read in 2008,” now’s the time to start. You should also have a look at the Canada Reads blog. Yesterday, Eleanor Wachtel posted “Talking with a master,” an entry on her experience of interviewing Mavis Gallant. At the end of the entry, Wachtel considers if Canadian readers are divided in our preference for our "two master storytellers, Mavis Gallant and Alice Munro, like favoring the Rolling Stones over the Beatles, or Jean-Luc Godard over Francois Truffaut." She concludes, "I don’t know why that should be, but the absurdity of it hit me as I reflected on what a lucky place we are to have produced and been the beneficiaries of such extraordinary talent." Indeed, we are lucky.

You can listen to Elanor Wachtel interview Mavis Gallant at the Canada Reads website. Mavis Gallant’s collection of short stories, From the Fifteenth District (McClelland & Stewart) is being defended by Lisa Moore.

The other books in the running on Canada Reads are Brown Girl in the Ring by By Nalo Hopkinson (defended by Jemeni), Icefields by Thomas Warton (defended by Steve MacLean), King Leary by Paul Quarrington (defended by Dave Bidini), and Not Wanted on the Voyage by Timothy Findley (defended by Zaib Shaikh).

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