Michael Ondaatje

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“The lyric is a kind of small gift, and the fiction is more like putting on a theatrical production.” In this Louisiana Channel interview, Michael Ondaatje speaks about the differences in writing a poem versus a novel, his mentors, and what he discovers through the research that goes into his novels. Ondaatje recently won the Golden Man Booker Prize for The English Patient, and his novel Warlight (Jonathan Cape, 2018) is longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize.

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David Grossman

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“Stories should not protect us, stories should expose us...” Israeli author David Grossman, who received the 2017 Man Booker International Prize for his novel A Horse Walks Into a Bar (Jonathan Cape, 2017) with his translator Jessica Cohen, talks about how all stories are multilayered and some can even trap us.

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Helen Macdonald

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"My fascination with birds goes back so long.... When I was about five or six, I think I used to try and sleep with my hands behind my back like wings." Helen Macdonald discusses her memoir, H Is For Hawk (Jonathan Cape, 2014), which received the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction, and won the 2014 Costa Book Award this week.

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