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q news: Remembering Austin Clarke, author of The Polished Hoe

Canada has lost one of its great writers. Acclaimed novelist Austin Clarke died yesterday morning at the age of 81.
Austin Clarke died on Sunday at the age of 81.
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Canada has lost one of its great writers. Acclaimed novelist Austin Clarke died yesterday morning at the age of 81.

q news correspondent Mitch Pollock joins guest host Gill Deacon to reflect on the Giller Prize winning author's impact, his activism and his longtime refusal to become a full Canadian citizen. 

Clarke's longtime friend Rinaldo Walcott told the Toronto Star, "Austin wrote our multicultural moment before we even had a language to describe it."

Among his many achievements, Clarke was named a member of the Order of Canada in 1998.

WEB EXTRA | Our colleagues at CBC Books have surfaced many great archival interviews with Clarke. One remarkable highlight: Clarke's interview with Malcolm X on CBC in 1963. 

The Canadian writer Austin Clarke in an interview with Malcolm X in late 1963. This full length and uncut interview became part of a two hour documentary that looked at the neighbourhood of Harlem in New York City, which was largely a black ghetto. 30:08

The Canadian writer Austin Clarke in part two of an interview with Malcolm X in late 1963. This uncut interview became part of a two hour documentary that looked at the neighbourhood of Harlem in New York City, which was largely a black ghetto. 39:50

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