Michael Ondaatje


Appadurai Muttulingam: An interview with the prolific Tamil short-story writer


Appadurai Muttulingam grew up in the Sri Lankan village of Kokkuvil and has produced hundreds of short stories in his native Tamil—a collection of which, Inauspicious Times, has been translated in English. After publishing his first collection of stories at 25, he got a degree in chartered accountancy and emigrated to work for the United Nations and the World Bank, putting his writing career on...

Michael Ondaatje and Teju Cole chat with Dionne Brand at the Kingston WritersFest


To kick off the 2012 Kingston WritersFest last Wednesday, Michael Ondaatje and Teju Cole took to the stage of the Kingston Grand Theatre. Following opening remarks by Merilyn Simonds, the festival’s artistic director, Teju Cole began with a reading of two passages from his novel Open City.  Set in New York several years after 9/11, Open City follows the observations and remembrances of its main...