Inside the Frozen Mammoth is created by the Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec and features writers published by our members. Interviews by Merriane Couture, technical production and editing by Jess Glavina. Anna Leventhal is the executive producer. Original music by Pamela Hart, cover art by Adam Waito. Thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts for supporting this project.
Episode 3: Ariela Freedman & Elaine Kalman Naves
Should you tell your story as fiction or memoir? More importantly, which will get you into more trouble? Two writers talk about the fine line between autobiography and stuff you make up. Also discussed: Winter as hazing ritual; language- and code-switching; Leonard Cohen singalongs; the relationship between Middle East politics and parenthood.
Plus, a new segment: Quebec Libris, where local writers talk about local books. The first segment features poet Jay Ritchie recommending Melody: Story of a Nude Dancer by Sylvie Rancourt.
Ariela Freedman is a writer and professor at Concordia University. Her debut novel, Arabic for Beginners, came out in 2017 with Linda Leith Publishing.
Elaine Kalman Naves was born in Hungary, grew up in Budapest, London, and Montreal, and is the author of eight books, among them two award-winning memoirs about her family: Journey to Vaja, and Shoshanna’s Story. Her most recent book, The Book of Faith, was nominated for the 2016 Leacock Prize for Humour.
J. I. Segal
Additional sounds heard in this episode: Audio from “Tribute to Leonard Cohen in Montreal”, posted on YouTube by user Shabnevis weblog.
Episode 2: Alex Manley & Guillaume Morissette
What does it mean to be a writer in a post-Trump, post-Alt-Lit, social-media-driven, content-saturated era? Alex Manley and Guillaume Morissette talk about how writers can engage politically, the responsibilities and limitations literature has to “shift the culture”, and if men can write complex women characters. Also discussed: negative reviews; Drake vs. Blake; videogames and the quest for meaning; progressive dating advice; moving to the woods and giving up on art.
Alex Manley is a Montreal writer and graduate of Concordia’s creative writing program. His debut poetry collection, We Are All Just Animals & Plants, was published by Metatron Press in 2016.
Guillaume Morissette is the author of New Tab (Véhicule Press, 2014). If you can, adopt a senior dog from a rescue center near you.
David Foster Wallace
Episode 1: Sherry Simon & Dimitri Nasrallah
In the first episode of Inside the Frozen Mammoth, Sherry Simon and Dimitri Nasrallah talk about a city divided by language and what it takes to cross that barrier–how to “translate yourself” into another culture. Also discussed: why francophone Quebec was sexy; negotiating tokenism and the curation of marginalized voices in literature; what Montreal and Kafka’s Prague have in common. Plus, Sherry and Dimitri read from their books!
Sherry Simon is the author of Translating Montreal: Episodes in the Life of a Divided City (McGill-Queen’s University Press).
Dimitri Nasrallah is the author of two novels, Niko (Esplanade Editions) and Blackbodying (DC Books).
“In Montreal spring is like an autopsy. Everyone wants to see the inside of the frozen mammoth.” –Leonard Cohen, Beautiful Losers, 1966