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Settle in for this unique and rare interview with the prolific German author Frido Mann about life, literature and the legacy of his grandfather, Nobel Prize-winning author Thomas Mann. Although the legacy has been a lifelong burden to the younger Mann, as his autobiography Achterbahn attests, he still followed in his grandfather’s footsteps and became a writer. In intimate dialogue led by author André Alexis, learn how Mann’s experiences as a psychologist have shaped his literary work, and how he continues to come to terms with his own family history. Mann will be interviewed by André Alexis. Hosted by Bert Archer.
André Alexis was born in Trinidad and grew up in Canada. His most recent novel, Fifteen Dogs, won the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. His debut novel, Childhood, won the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Trillium Book Award and was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. His other books include: Pastoral (nominated for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize), Asylum, Beauty and Sadness, Ingrid & the Wolf, Despair and Other Stories of Ottawa and Lambton, Kent and Other Vistas: A Play.
Bert Archer is a Toronto writer, largely about travel and books he finds while travelling, for several newspapers and magazines in Canada and the US, including a new column that covers both travel and books for the Globe and Mail. You can follow his travels on Twitter @BertArcher and Instagram @World.of.Bert and read more about them at bertarcher.com.
Frido Mann, born in Monterey, California, worked for many years as a clinical psychologist in Münster, Leipzig and Prague after studying music, Catholic theology, and psychology. He lives today as a freelance writer in Munich. Most recently, he wrote “An die Musik. Ein autobiographischer Essay” (To the Music: An Autobiographical Essay) and, together with Christine Mann, "Es werde Licht. Die Einheit von Geist und Materie in der Quantenphysik” (There will be Light - The Unity of Mind and Matter in Quantum Physics). In August 2018, he wrote “Das Weiße Haus des Exils" (The White House of Exile) about the Thomas Mann House in Los Angeles, published by S. Fischer Verlag. Supported by Goethe-Institut Toronto.