Linden MacIntyre revisits his journalism career for new novel

Linden MacIntyre's new book, The Only Café, is based on the real-life events of the massacre of Palestinians at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon.

Linden MacIntyre's novels often explore the violence and cruelty that people inflict on others and how being a victim or witness to that violence can change someone profoundly and affect the people they love.

A journalist for 38 years, working at CBC Radio's Sunday Morning and CBC TV's flagship current affairs shows The Journal and the fifth estate before retiring in 2014, MacIntyre's latest book, The Only Café, revolves around an incident he covered for the CBC — the massacre of Palestinians at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon in September 1982. It tells the story of a son who tries to solve the mystery of the death of his father, a Lebanese refugee and successful lawyer.

Winner of the Giller Prize in 2009 for The Bishop's Man, MacIntyre talks to q about his new book.

— Produced by Jean Kim


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