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Fiction Author Ondaatje Speaks Nov. 5 at Wesleyan

Michael Ondaatje will read prose Nov. 5 in Memorial Chapel. Ondaatje is the author of <i>The English Patient</i>.

Michael Ondaatje will read prose Nov. 5 in Memorial Chapel. Ondaatje is the author of The English Patient.

Celebrated fiction writer and poet Michael Ondaatje, winner of the British Commonwealth’s highest literary award, the Booker Prize, is this year’s Joan Jakobson Visiting Writer.

Ondaatje will read from his prose at 8 p.m. Nov. 5 in Memorial Chapel. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

“Michael Ondaatje’s works are haunting, seductive stories and his prose is stunning,” says Anne Greene, director of writing programs. “This is a rare chance to hear Ondaatje’s own voice.”

Born in Sri Lanka of Indian/Dutch ancestry, Ondaatje went to school in England and then moved to Canada. Among his best-known works are the novel The English Patient,