Trillium Book Award Author Readings June 16

Michael Ondaatje

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Michael Ondaatje speaks at the launch of Project Bookmark

Michael Ondaatje at the Bloor Street Viaduct during the launch of Project Bookmark Canada. Ondaatje's In the Skin of a Lion is now considered an iconic piece of Toronto literature, but, he said, ?I remember being told when I began to write that it was commercial suicide to set a thriller in Toronto or any Canadian city, as opposed to New York or Miami or Kiev. Even Delhi, they said, was better than ­Toronto!?

Photo by Lisa Sakulensky.

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