Wendy O’ Brien interviews Marie Darrieussecq and Carol Off on the extensive body of their work, their career and who/what has influenced them as writers.
Marie Darrieussecq published her first novel, Pig Tales, in 1996 at the age of twenty-seven, and it became an overnight sensation and bestseller, selling more than 300,000 copies and translated into more than thirty languages. The New Yorker described her as France’s “best young novelist,” and she is recognized as one of the leading voices of French contemporary literature. Her novel Men was awarded the Prix Médicis and the Prix des Prix in 2013. She presents Being Here Is Everything: The Life of Paula M. Becker Sticks. Supported by Consulat général de France (Toronto, New York)
Wendy O’Brien is a Hamilton-based philosopher and avid reader. She is the host of By The Lake Book Club, sponsored by The Humber School for Writers and The City of Toronto, Bryan Prince Bookseller’s Interview Series and Bourbon & Books. She teaches at Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning where she is currently working on a study of the concept of wonder.
Carol Off is the host of CBC radio's As It Happens. With extensive experience in both Canadian and international current affairs, Off has covered conflicts in the Middle East, Haiti, the Balkans and the sub-continent, as well as events in the former Soviet Union, Europe, Asia, the United States and Canada. She reported the fallout from the 9/11 disasters with news features and documentaries from New York, Washington, London, Cairo and Afghanistan. She has won numerous awards for her CBC television documentaries in Asia, Africa and Europe and is the author of three previous books, most recently, Bitter Chocolate: Investigating the Dark Side of the World's Most Seductive Sweet, a finalist for the National Business Book Award and nominated for the prestigious Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing. She lives in Toronto.
Jessica Wyman is a professor in the faculties of Art, Liberal Arts & Sciences and Graduate Studies at OCAD University in Toronto. She has worked as an art critic for more than 20 years, publishing in international art magazines and journals, and has an occasional curatorial practice.