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Hot Type: 'Tis Frank McCourt

Hot Type hosts literary giants, first-time writers and authors of all stripes as it explores issues and ideas in the print world and beyond. As host since the show's 1998 debut, Evan Solomon interviews literary heavyweights like J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, Roddy Doyle and Margaret Atwood, as well as a puppeteer, a female wrestler and an Apollo astronaut. This Gemini Award-winning show has been a mainstay on CBC Newsworld for more than a decade. The CBC Digital Archives features fascinating and engaging interviews from Hot Type's second season (1999-2000).

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'Tis, literally the last word in Frank McCourt's Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes is also the title of his newest work, a follow-up to its bestselling predecessor. As 'Tis dominates the bestseller lists, McCourt sits down with Evan Solomon and reveals the vital gift he inherited from his troubled father. He also discusses how the American dream turned out for a poor Irish lad.
• Frank McCourt never attended high school, but still won a place at New York University. He later taught creative writing in New York public schools. His third memoir, Teacher Man, recounts his teaching experience.
• Frank's brother Malachy followed in Frank's footsteps, also leaving Ireland for New York City, albeit several years later. He also penned two memoirs, A Monk Swimming and the follow-up Singing Him My Song.
Medium: Television
Program: Hot Type
Broadcast Date: Nov. 26, 1999
Guest(s): Frank McCourt
Host: Evan Solomon
Duration: 17:50

Last updated: June 19, 2013

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