Five Questions with… Taiye Selasi

Selasi, Taiye (c) Nancy Crampton

(c) Nancy Crampton

Taiye Selasi who presents her debut novel Ghana Must Go at this week’s reading series, answers our five questions.

IFOA: You’ve said you wanted to be a writer since childhood. What was the subject of your very first story?

Selasi: I wish I could recall! Most likely some plucky little girl with magic powers and without a bedtime; I was obsessed as a child with magical powerful girls. (Still am.)

IFOA: What was the hardest part of writing Ghana Must Go?

Selasi: Finishing it.

IFOA: Whose writing career do you most admire?

Selasi: Arundathi Roy’s.

IFOA: If you could time travel, where and when would you go, and why?

Selasi: Lagos in the 70s or Harlem in the 20s: for the art, the music.

IFOA: Finish this sentence: The best part is…

Selasi: Love.

Selasi will read at Authors at Harbourfront Centre on March 27.

More authors on their way!

Here’s a little background info, friends: the International Festival of Authors is part of Authors at Harbourfront Centre programming, which includes the fabulous weekly reading series that continues February 1! We’ve been busy reading books and inviting incredible authors including Colin McAdam, Taiye Selasi, Ruth Ozeki, Linwood Barclay and many more. Over the coming weeks we’ll roll out our event schedule and share special features with you here on the blog, including interviews with the authors.

First up is a free event with the spoken word artist and entrepreneur Dwayne Morgan on February 1, then we have a night celebrating Toronto with Edward Keenan and Ivor Tossell on February 20 and an evening with the Charles Taylor Prize finalists on February 27. Our events range from readings to onstage interviews, and are followed by an opportunity to meet the authors. Excited? We know we are.

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