In the skin of Ondaatje
Since its debut in 2002, CBC Radio's Canada Reads has quickly become a popular and influential show, attracting huge audiences and driving up book sales. Each year, CBC convenes a panel of prominent Canadians to each pick a work of Canadian fiction and argue why their choice should be the book that all of Canada reads. The CBC Digital Archives brings you a collection of the animated and entertaining final debates, winner "reveals" and interviews with the winning authors of Canada Reads.
• As Michael Ondaatje mentions in this interview, writing In the Skin of a Lion took him nearly 10 years, but he spent a lot of that time writing poetry as well. His first novel, Coming Through Slaughter, was published in 1976 and In the Skin of a Lion came out in 1987; in the meantime, he published five books of poetry.
Program: This Morning
Broadcast Date: April 24, 2002
Guest(s): Michael Ondaatje
Host: Ralph Benmergui
Interviewer: Peter Gzowski
Photo: Michael Ondaatje in 2002. Photo by Aaron Harris/Canadian Press.
Last updated: February 9, 2012
Page consulted on November 29, 2012
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