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Author Podcast: Alissa York

abstract: Each week BookBuffet presents a new author in our podcast series made available here in .mp3 format either in interview with Executive Editor, Paula Shackleton or as excerpted from an event we've attended, taped and edited for broadcast. Today's podcast features acclaimed Canadian novelist Alissa York who appeared at the Vancouver Public Library to give a reading from her new novel, Fauna published by Random House Canada (2010). Alissa was introduced by Vancouver International Writers Festival Director Hal Wake who has begun a collaboration with the VPL to bring authors here from across the country and around the world. Audience members were invited to ask Alissa questions after her reading and those tended toward an interest in her writing and research techniques. Fauna is Ms York's third novel. It is a contemporary urban story set in Toronto, but as Alissa points out, it could take place in any green space in cities around the world. Alissa is a lovely speaker who interacts easily with the audience. She elicits a spontaneous chuckle with several of her anecdotes and it is not surprising to learn of the demand for her as a writing instructor. Like her protagonist Lily in Fauna who holds birds in the palm of her hands and marvels at their beating hearts, this story will capture yours. Join us today in listening to Alissa York, and then pick up a copy of this or perhaps all three of her novels: Mercy (2003) was a Canadian bestseller, Effigy (2007) was short-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and long-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Alissa has lived all across Canada, but makes her home in Toronto with her husband Clive who is a writer and film maker.

Audio 11:42 min:sec With thanks to the VPL and VIWF.

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October 22, 2010
Additional Links:

  • Alissa York's Website
  • The Vancouver International Writers Festival
  • The Vancouver Public Library


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