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Friday, 16 March 2018

Announcing: Michael Ondaatje at the Rialto Hall for Warlight


Librairie Drawn & Quarterly presents:

Michael Ondaatje launching WARLIGHT 
in conversation with Eleanor Wachtel

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
Doors open at 6pm - Presentation at 7pm
Rialto Hall, 5711 Av du Parc

Tickets: $10
available online or in store
receive 15% off Warlight with ticket


The incomparable Michael Ondaatje launches his latest tour-de-force, Warlight, with Librairie D+Q! On Wednesday, May 9th, at the Rialto Hall, the award-winning author of The English Patient will appear in conversation with Eleanor Wachtel, host of CBC's Writers & Company.


From the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of The English Patient: a mesmerizing new novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement. 

In a narrative as beguiling and mysterious as memory itself–shadowed and luminous at once–we read the story of fourteen-year-old Nathaniel, and his older sister, Rachel. In 1945, just after World War II, they stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a mysterious figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and they grow both more convinced and less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women joined by a shared history of unspecified service during the war, all of whom seem, in some way, determined now to protect, and educate (in rather unusual ways) Rachel and Nathaniel. But are they really what and who they claim to be? And what does it mean when the siblings’ mother returns after months of silence without their father, explaining nothing, excusing nothing? A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all that he didn’t know and understand in that time, and it is this journey–through facts, recollection, and imagination–that he narrates in this masterwork from one of the great writers of our time.


MICHAEL ONDAATJE is the author of several novels, as well as a memoir, a nonfiction book on film, and several books of poetry. His novel The English Patient won the Booker Prize; Anil’s Ghost won the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, the Giller Prize, and the Prix Médicis. Born in Sri Lanka, Michael Ondaatje now lives in Toronto.

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