Yann Martel

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Yann Martel

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Mar 8, 2010, 1:22 pm

We're interviewing Yann Martel in May! His new book, Beatrice and Virgil, comes out on April 13th. Please post questions by April 30th.

Mar 15, 2010, 5:01 pm

Were you surpised by the success of Life of Pi? Was it a problem? Or did it open doors / possibilities that you hadn't anticipated?

Mar 24, 2010, 2:14 am

In his book Performatism, or, the End of Postmodernism, Raoul Eshelman discusses Life of Pi as "something of a logical challenge to postmodernism". Did you consciously set out a write a challenge to postmodernism or do you even feel it is a fair description of the novel?

Apr 22, 2010, 5:00 pm

Nice one, herzog!

There's only about a week left to get questions in to Yann Martel. I'm especially interested to hear from anyone who's read Beatrice and Virgil. There are some similarities between B&V and Life of Pi -- you could even say some answers are given about Life of Pi, and Martel's reaction to its success.

Apr 22, 2010, 8:54 pm

I was wondering why Mr. Martel wrote B&V as a book about writing a book, or about writing an allegory and didn't just write the allegory instead, without Henry and Henry.

Apr 27, 2010, 12:07 pm

Hailing from Saskatoon, I'm curious how you find the city in terms of its effects on your writing, if any. It never inspired much in my own writing until after I left, but of course, it's where I come from and that's an all-too- common phenomenon; however, I wonder how a writer coming to Saskatoon reacts to the place, and whether you see any more inspiration in it because you come there as an outsider.

Apr 27, 2010, 7:15 pm

Hi! I'm just starting Beatrice & Virgil, but I just have to ask re Life of Pi (which I loved by the way): what was the significance of the island? I read the book a while back & still never figured it out!

Forgive me if this is a question you're asked hundreds of times (which I'm sure it is).

Apr 29, 2010, 10:01 am

I recently finished What is Stephen Harper Reading? and enjoyed it immensely. You make a very persuasive argument for reading widely. What are your future plans for the blog? Will you continue the blog or perhaps create a new one if we end up with a new prime minister in the next couple of years?

Apr 30, 2010, 12:22 pm

Are you a book collector? Do you collect any particular genre or books in general? What is your working rhythm when you commit to yourself to writing a novel? I remember Michael Crichton used to sleep one hour less every night.

I applaud your decision about running What is Stephen Harper Reading. It is an interesting read but also a place where I feel I can find other literature that I have to check out. I especially like your reasons behind suggesting a book.

Apr 30, 2010, 5:41 pm

I'm only 50 pages in to B&V, so I won't ask any questions on that. But I will ask if it will be as long a wait for the next one.

May 3, 2010, 3:17 pm

Thanks! Questions are now closed for Mr. Martel. Look for the interview in the May State of the Thing!