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Interview with Author Michael Ondaatje (1982)

Interview with Author Michael Ondaatje (1982)

Interview with Canadian author Michael Ondaatje, with Kevin Courrier, from 1982. At the time of this conversation, Ondaatje's fictionalized memoir Running in the Family had just been published. Born in Sri Lanka in 1943, he emigrated to Montreal at the age of 19. His writing includes over a dozen books of poetry and six novels, including In the Skin of a Lion (1987), The English Patient (1992) and Anil's Ghost (2000). Michael Ondaatje is one of Canada's most celebrated writers, winning the Giller Prize, the Booker Prize, and the Governor General's Award on five occasions. In 1988, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. Ondaatje's most recent novel is The Cat's Table, published in 2011.

The segment first aired on the radio show On the Arts, on CJRT-FM in Toronto in 1982. For more from Kevin Courrier, and other arts critics, visit us at