Vox Pop Goes GLOBE-al
I’m the guest blogger this morning at The Globe and Mail’s book blog, “In Other Words”. The subject is last night’s big Munro-Athill meeting. According to the Globe, I’m still a “Mississauga-based poet”, and I still edit for Thieves Jargon. It’s time to update the ol’ bio, methinks. First paragraph to follow and then a link to the original source:
Ambassadors of Happiness
On Wednesday night, I had the pleasure of watching (from the back row, wedged between volunteers and other late-comers) Diana Athill and Alice Munro engage in a spirited and surprisingly natural conversation at the Fleck Theatre on Day 1 of the IFOA. While I knew Munro’s work far better than that of her English guest, I found Athill to be a woman inescapably charmed by an air of relatability. She really did come across as the ideal eccentric aunt, wise and bawdy and conspiratorial. And Munro gladly supported the great memoirist as a sort of junior partner (which, at 78 to Athill’s 92, she is), feeding her questions, elaborating on her answers, and generally redirecting the massive wave of pro-Munro fanhood emanating from the crowd towards the woman sitting in the opposite chair.