Books and Arts - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)Search RN. He writes about dazed and confused human beings, he gives breath to historical figures in the great Canadian landscape and he can even make you cry with his tale of the last two dinosaurs on Earth. In a session from the recent Blue Metropolis Literary Festival, Ramona Koval speaks to Douglas Glover about his funny short stories and about the unique way he has of retelling Canadian history through his novels. This year the snow held off for most of the time and writers from the local French- and English- speaking communities, as well as from other parts of the globe, gathered for a grand old time. One of the guests was the winner of Canada's prestigious Governor General's Award for Fiction, Douglas Glover, and you'll hear from him in a moment.
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Search RN. This is a tale that seeks to gain a new vantage point from which to view Australia's European settlement. It's a story of ordinary people, inter-cultural incoherence and dreadful inevitabilities. Ramona Koval : This week, a conversation with Kate Grenville, whose new long-awaited novel, The Secret River , has been well worth waiting for. Kate's last novel was The Idea of Perfection , a love story about two shy and not conventionally attractive people in a small town, and it won for her the Orange Prize for Fiction in the UK.
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