This week on The Sunday Edition for Aug 3, 2014.
Minding Mandela- (0:39) People around the world felt a profound sense of loss when Nelson Mandela died last year. But Zelda la Grange knew him much better than most. She's an Afrikaner woman and former supporter of apartheid who became his private secretary. She talks to guest host Laura Lynch about her new memoir, "Good Morning, Mr. Mandela".
The Miracle Mile- (29:12) It was one of the greatest footraces in history. England's Roger Bannister and Australia's John Landy faced each other down in an eight runner race at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games on August 7th,1954 as they ran what came to be known as "The Miracle Mile". Laura Lynch talks to Jason Beck, the director of the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame, which just unveiled an exhibit celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the 1954 games.
Jim Munro, Fifty Years in Books: (47:17) For decades readers have taken heart in the enduring success of Munro Books, a venerable institution in Victoria that continues to thrive despite the massive challenges confronting the book trade. Jim Munro, and Alice Munro, the Nobel Prize-winning short story writer, opened Munro Books 51 years ago. But now, at 84, he is retiring. He talks to Laura Lynch.
Eleanor Catton - (1:06:57) Eleanor Catton is the youngest person to win the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. She was still thunderstruck when she arrived in the studios of The Sunday Edition shortly after winning the prestigious literary prize. She talked to Laura Lynch about her novel The Luminaries and we'll revisit that conversation.
Documentary: Daughters and Sons - (1:33:12) Doris Anderson, who died in 2007, was a sharp-witted journalist and outspoken feminist. Last year she was brought back to life on an unlikely stage. A group of theatre students in their early 20's chose Anderson's autobiography, "Rebel Daughter", as the subject of their final-year production. Alisa Siegel's documentary is called, "Daughters and Sons".
Could life get any more complicated? - (1:57:57) Michael Enright speaks to Howard Norman about his five-part memoir, "I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place". The novelist's life has been riddled with crises - a girlfriend dies in a plane crash, his brother is a fugitive and a shaman threatens to imprison him in a snow globe. That's just the beginning. We'll repeat Michael's conversation last December with Howard Norman.