Writer and poet Michael Ondaatje, Wesleyan's Joan Jakobson Visiting Writer, led a question and answer discussion for students Nov. 6 in Downey House. Among his best-known works are the novel The English Patient, which was made into an award-winning feature film, and a novel set in Sri Lanka, Anil's Ghost, which received world-wide acclaim, winning France’s Prix Medicis, Canada's Governor-General's Award, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize and the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize.
Several student attendees have read Ondaatje's novel, Divisadero, which was published in 2007. His other work includes the memoir Running in the Family, and the novels In the Skin of a Lion, Coming Through Slaughter and The Collected Works of Billy the Kid. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)
Ondaatje also presented a reading of his prose Nov. 5 in Memorial Chapel. Ondaatje’s reading was followed by his remarks, a question-and-answer session, and a book-signing. The event was open to the public. Ondaatje's visit was organized by the Wesleyan Writing Program and the Joan Jakobson Fund. The event is part of the 2008-09 Russell House Series of Distinguished Writers. (Photo by Intisar Abioto '09)