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The English Patient visits England

Michael Ondaatje will be the featured author on the BBC World Book Club‘s fifth anniversary show on Sept. 28, speaking about his novel The English Patient. Host Harriet Gilbert will interview Ondaatje at Canada House in London, posing questions from listeners. In the past, the club has also featured Canadian novels Life of Pi by Yann Martel and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

No word on whether on Ondaatje will be rereading his novel in preparation for the event. He once told an audience at a PEN Canada event that he doesn’t reread his own work and joked that if he did read The English Patient again he would probably be surprised there was no bathtub scene.

Thanks to John W. MacDonald’s blog for the tip.