Stratford's Celebrated Writer's Series is back this summer with readings and lectures by top Canadian authors.
It begins on Sunday, July 12 with Rohinton Mistry, the Governor General Award Winner for best fiction in 1991. His writing is being compared to that of Charles Dickens, James Joyce and Salman Rushdie, a heady mix indeed. Mistry is the only writer to have received the Commonwealth Writers Prize twice. His tales are set in his native India and he is the author of such popular novels as A Fine Balance, Such A Long Journey and Tales from Firozsha Baag.
Another legend in his own time, Michael Ondaatje, follows on Sunday, July 26. Ondaatje is the winner of countless awards, among them three Governor General Awards, two Trillium Awards and the Booker Prize. His most celebrated novel is The English Patient.
On Sunday, August 9, Carole Corbeil will speak. Corbeil is one of Canada's foremost writers on the arts and has written columns for both The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail. Her second novel, In The Wings, has been critically acclaimed for its no-holds barred insight into the world of theatre.
Another theatre regular, Carole Shields, speaks on Sunday, August 23. Another multi-award winner, Shields is probably best known for her haunting novel The Stone Diaries, and her playThirteen Hands has been touring the county for the past several years , with a production in Toronto directed by Stratford's own Marti Maraden. The series concludes on September 13, with Anne Michaels, author of Fugitive Pieces. This first novel has taken the world by storm although Michaels has been an award-winning poet for many years. So far, 19 countries have published her novel and it remains at the top of the best sellers in Canada.
Tickets are $20 each or a series for $75 and are available from the Stratford Festival box office.
Stratford Festival Box Office: 1-800-567-1600.
----By Mira Friedlander