45 The Interviews

United States
Anthony De Sa Ontario

Anthony De Sa grew up in Toronto’s Portuguese community. He attended the Humber School for Writers and now heads the English department and directs the creative writing program at Michael Power/St. Joseph High School. His first book, Barnacle Love, was a finalist for the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2009 Toronto Book Award. His new novel is Kicking the Sky. @antiole Read more

Wayne Grady* Ontario

Wayne Grady is the author of 14 highly acclaimed books, the translator of 15 novels from French and the editor of 11 anthologies of literary fiction and non-fiction. He won the Governor General’s Award for Translation in 1989 for Antonine Maillet’s On the Eighth Day and was nominated for the same award in 1995 and 2005. His new novel is Emancipation Day. Read more

* We are pleased to announce that Wayne Grady will now be appearing at event 61. Art Begets Art.

Maria Semple United States

Maria Semple’s first novel, This One Is Mine, was set in Los Angeles, where she also wrote for television shows, including Arrested Development, Mad About You and Ellen. She escaped from Los Angeles and now lives with her family in Seattle, where her second novel, Where’d You Go, Bernadette, takes place. Read more

Host: Marsha Lederman
Friday, October 25, 2013 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Performance Works
$17 / $8.50 for school groups

The Globe and Mail’s Marsha Lederman is a pro at drawing great stories out of an interview. This morning she talks to three authors writing out of vastly different experiences. Primarily a non-fiction writer and translator, Wayne Grady looks at race relations and family secrets in Emancipation Day, inspired by a secret in Grady’s own family. Anthony De Sa grew up in Toronto’s Portuguese enclave. He sets his novel in the same rough- and-tumble neighbourhood in 1977, the year a 12-year-old shoeshine boy was murdered and Toronto the Good was forever changed. Former TV comedy writer Maria Semple wrote her masterfully satirical tale Where’d You Go, Bernadette shortly after moving to Seattle, when she was struck by the peculiarities of the place. This is sure to be a morning of entertaining anecdotes and thoughtful insights.

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The Interviews


Anthony De Sa, Kicking the Sky
Wayne Grady, Emancipation Day
Maria Semple, Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Curriculum Connections:

  • Creative Writing: journalism, non-fiction and fiction


Interviewing someone is like painting a portrait. 

  • Have your students select someone they want to interview.  Ask students to notice Marsha Lederman’s techniques when she interviews these three authors.  What are her ‘tricks’ to draw information from them.
  • Ask students to select someone to interview, and using these guidelines for tips, http://journalism-education.cubreporters.org/2010/08/how-to-write-profile-story.html  write, record, or video the interview and present to the class.