#TrentVoices Podcast Interview with Yann Martel

My interview with Yann Martel is the second episode of the #TrentVoices Literary Series. Photo courtesy of Penguin Random House.

Your summer weekend listening! My interview with the one and only Yann Martel wanders through the spiritual, the philosophical, and even the comical. It’s part of our ‪#‎TrentVoices‬ Literary podcast series, featuring a who’s who of Canadian writers — all of them Trent University alum — including Leah McLaren, Linwood Barclay, Richard B. Wright, and Janette Platana.

In this episode I talk with the Man Booker prize winning author of Life of Pi, Yann Martel. His latest novel, The High Mountains of Portugal, is equal parts bizarre, beautiful, and tender.
Our interview explores Yann’s creative process, his unique use of imagery and symbolism, his fascination with the human/divine relationship, and — something he doesn’t get nearly enough credit for — his strange yet tender sense of humour.
It was a huge honour and thrill to chat with one of Canada’s greatest authors — I do hope you enjoy the resulting conversation.
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I am extremely excited to stream our summer #TrentVoices Literary Series. The impressive alumni lineup, which includes a who’s who of Canadian authors, is perfect listening for the dog days of summer. Tune in from your dock, deck, patio, or summer sanctuary.

We hope that you’re as excited as we are.

This is a Trent University Alumni Association Podcast.  Please visit here for more great interviews.  And be sure to follow the Trent Alumni “From the House” blog for future episodes.

This Week:

Yann Martel

From Penguin Random House Canada: “Yann Martel is the author of Life of Pi, the #1 international bestseller and winner of the 2002 Man Booker (among many other prizes). He is also the award-winning author of The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios (winner of the Journey Prize), Self, Beatrice & Virgil, and 101 Letters to a Prime Minister. Born in Spain in 1963, Martel studied philosophy at Trent University, worked at odd jobs—tree planter, dishwasher, security guard—and traveled widely before turning to writing. He lives in Saskatoon, Canada, with the writer Alice Kuipers and their four children.”

His most recent work Is this year’s New York Times Bestseller The High Mountains of Portugal.


Also in the series:

Leah McLaren: August 5th — click here for the the full interview.

From the Globe and Mail: “Leah McLaren is a journalist, novelist and screenwriter. She’s published two novels, The Continuity Girl (2007) and A Better Man (2015) both with Harper Collins Canada and Hachette in the USA. The first was a Canadian bestseller, though the second is actually much better. Leah is the Europe correspondent for Maclean’s and is a regular contributor to the Spectator magazine (UK) as well as Toronto Life for which she won a gold National Magazine Award in 2012. She’s been writing a column in the Globe since1999. She lives in Ontario and London, England where she shares a home with her husband and two boys.” 


Linwood Barclay: September 2nd

From linwoodbarclay.com: “Linwood Barclay is the #1 internationally bestselling author of thirteen novels, including Trust Your Eyes, A Tap on the Window, No Time for Goodbye and that novel’s follow-up, No Safe House. Last summer, his thriller Broken Promise, the first of three linked novels about his fictional upstate New York town Promise Falls, was released. Book two, Far From True was released earlier this year.  The finale, The Twenty-Three, will be released this fall.”


Janette Platana: September 9th

From Tightrope Books: “Janette Platana’s cheerfully disturbing, gleefully outraged, and chillingly beautiful stories break open the lives of apparently ordinary people who struggle and sometimes succeed in living without compromise, refusing to sacrifice the world they sense to the world they see, and where things can be true without ever being real. The range of this accomplished and poetic voice may cause vertigo, owing, as it does, as much to the Clash to Stephen King, to Caitlin Moran as to Flannery O’Connor, and something to David Sedaris. A Token of My Affliction will make you laugh while breaking your heart wide open.”


Richard B. Wright: TBA

From Simon and Schuster: “Richard B. Wright is the author of thirteen novels and has won the Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award, the Trillium Book Award, and the CBA Libris Awards for Author and Book of the Year. His most recent novel is 2016’s Nightfall. He lives in St. Catharines with his wife, Phyllis.”