Acclaimed authors Ben Lerner and Ian McEwan read from and discuss their latest novels with interviewer Carol Off.
Ben Lerner is a poet, novelist, essayist and critic. He has been a Fulbright Scholar, a finalist for the National Book Award, a Howard Foundation Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow. In 2011, he won the Preis der Stadt Müenster für Internationale Poesie. He was the first American to receive this honor. He is the author of the novel Leaving the Atocha Station and the poetry collections The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw and Mean Free Path. Lerner is a professor of English at Brooklyn College. He presents 10:04, his electric second novel. Exploring sex, friendship, medicine, memory, art and politics, it is both a riveting work of fiction and a brilliant examination of the role fiction plays in our lives.
Ian McEwan is the bestselling author of 15 books, including the novels Sweet Tooth; Solar, winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize; On Chesil Beach; Saturday; Atonement, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the W.H. Smith Literary Award; The Comfort of Strangers and Black Dogs, both shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Amsterdam, winner of the Booker Prize, and The Child in Time, winner of the Whitbread Award. He also wrote the story collections First Love, Last Rites, which won the Somerset Maugham Award, and In Between the Sheets. He lives in Gloucestershire. McEwan presents The Children Act, a brilliant, emotionally wrenching novel about a High Court judge struggling with a difficult family court case and her own crumbling marriage.
Carol Off is the host of CBC radio's As It Happens, the network's flagship evening radio program covering human interest stories worldwide. Off has covered conflicts in the Middle East, Haiti, the Balkans and the sub-continent, as well as events in the former Soviet Union, Europe, Asia, the United States and Canada. She has won numerous awards for her CBC television documentaries in Asia, Africa and Europe, and is the author of three previous books. She was a finalist for the National Business Book Award and nominated for the prestigious Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing. She lives in Toronto.