Michael Ondaatje in Guelph

20 07 2014

Catching up on the ‘backblog‘, this is from an event here in March. For a small country (population-wise), Canada really does seem to have an unusually high number of great writers (click here for CBC’s list, which Jonathan should now read as he became Canadian on Thursday! Bit disconcerted that I’ve only read 16 of them; was expecting to read the list with smugness).

Michael Ondaatje, whose recent book ‘The Cat’s Table‘ I loved, came across as modest and erudite. There were also readings by a strange over-the-top proclaiming poet (Connie Brook’s widower), and Catherine Bush (who seemed very nice, but whose novel ‘The Rules of Engagement‘ I found somewhat belaboured).