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Noticed: Michael Ondaatje on His New Novel and the TPL

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Michael Ondaatje. Photo by Beowulf Sheehan.

In a recent and engrossing interview with Brad Frenette of the Vancouver Sun, Michael Ondaatje discusses his new novel, The Cat's Table, writing about childhood and his characters from past novels. He also discusses his involvement in the fight against the proposed cuts to Toronto's library system and why libraries are important to him:

Libraries have been such a central thing for me as an individual and as a writer. I kind of haunted libraries from my teens so I became a reader, and therefore how I became a writer. When I was researching The English Patient I was working in Metro Library for days on end trying to find out stuff about Naples and bomb disposal. It's such an essential source for us in our education. It's a very important part of our culture.

Read the full interview at the Vancouver Sun website.

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