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Books: April 2013 Archives

Italian author Erri De Luca at Blue Met

De Luca, Erri-Paola Porrini Bisson.jpgBest-selling Italian author Erri De Luca has published more than 70 books - including novels, essays, translations, and poems.

He first published in 1989, when he was almost 40 and working as a bricklayer. It was a book about his childhood in Naples. Erri De Luca has said he's the sort of writer who writes what he's lived.

This evening, he takes the stage at the Blue Metropolis festival in Montreal, in conversation with the CBC's Eleanor Wachtel

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Duncan Wall: "The Ordinary Acrobat"

The Ordinary Acrobat.jpgBeyond the clowns and acrobats, the lion tamers and dancing horses, Duncan Wall tells the history of the Circus and the Circus arts in The Ordinary Acrobat.

He wrote the book on a Fullbright scholarship to the École Nationale des arts du Cirque Rony-sur-Bois in France and learned how to do everything from juggling to the flying trapeze, which a couple of injuries along the way.  Through Duncan Wall's own journey through his circus education, he documents the origins of the circus: Philip Astley, known as the Father of the Circus, Jules Léotard, who developed the Flying Trapeeze and the storied past of jugglers.

Duncan Wall now teaches at the École National de Cirque in Montreal and spoke with Sonali Karnick this morning.

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Douglas Gibson: "Stories by Storytellers"

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Publisher and author Douglas Gibson is at the ImagiNation literary festival this week.  He spent decades helping other people, including three former Prime Ministers, write their own books and is first book, Stories by Storytellers, looks at that experience.

He's now touring with one-man stage show based on the book and he's at the Morrin Centre in Quebec City today.
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