Writers Speak

Michael Ondaatje in conversation with Claire Messud

Michael Ondaatje is the author of five novels, a memoir, a nonfiction book on film, and several books of poetry. His novel The English Patient won the Man Booker Prize, and his fourth novel, Anil’s Ghost, won the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, the Giller Prize, and the Prix Médicis. Born in Sri Lanka, Ondaatje now lives in Toronto.


Homi Bhabha
Director, Mahindra Humanities Center; Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities, Department of English, Harvard University

Michèle Lamont
Director, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs; Executive Committee; Steering Committee; Faculty Associate; Chair, Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality. Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies; Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies, Departments of Sociology and African and African American Studies, Harvard University

Claire Messud
Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing in the English Department at Harvard; author of numerous novels, most recently The Burning Girl (2017)

Free and open to the public.

Tickets required; more details will be shared soon.

Book sale and signing to follow.

Cosponsored with the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs’ Canada Program.