FROM THE ARCHIVE: “You throw yourself on the benevolence of the world, believing some kind of wisdom will come of it.” —Canadian explorer Wade Davis
The world of the near future, already environmentally devastated, is further destroyed by an intentionally released supervirus that kills most of the population
Let’s, for a moment, play that game “If you could invite anyone to dinner…” Our imaginary table has space for seven guests, each of a different nationality, and all must be living, working masters of their art.
Miriam Toews’s 21-year-old daughter, Georgia, answers the door. Georgia is friendly and laconic. She is taking time off university to work, and she occasionally does stand-up comedy—something that requires not only an excellent sense of humour, but a lot of courage and resilience. Maybe these are traits that get ingrained when Miriam Toews is your mother.
Over morning coffee at Balzac’s in Toronto’s Distillery District, Joseph Boyden muses about where he feels most at home. “There’s something called the ‘two-spirit person’ in a lot of First Nations cultures,” he says, “meaning somebody who is never completely in one physical place, in one mental place, and I think I’m a bit of a two-spirit person.”
Author Yann Martel discusses Pi, writing and a life of the mind.