Phillip Ernest is a Canadian writer with an extraordinary personal history, as even the briefest version of his bio suggests: Born in 1970, Phillip Ernest grew up in New Liskeard, Ontario. Fleeing home at fifteen, he lived on Toronto’s skid row until he was twenty-eight. He learned Sanskrit from the book Teach Yourself Sanskrit, and later earned a BA in South Asian Studies from the University of Toronto and a PhD in Sanskrit from Cambridge University. The Vetala (LLP, 2018) is his first novel. This is Part I of a two-part interview. Part II is here.
Mavis Gallant's What Is To Be Done? -- the movie!
One of Linda Leith Publishing's fall books is Mavis Gallant's only play, What Is To Be Done? When our friends who run All Lit Up asked for ideas for blog posts, we put together a proposal we hope they'd go for in the "Character Study" category, imagining the play as a movie and having fun casting it. This all was Carmelita McGrath's work, and she packed it off last week. So now look what they've done. Those brilliant women have not only used the post, but have included a movie poster for it, with an image of Joe Stalin a cast to die for:
WHAT IS TO BE DONE? starring Chloe Grace Moretz
Abigail Breslin James McAvoy and
Meryl Street as Mrs. Bailley
Music by Karen O
Based on the play
WHAT IS TO BE DONE? BY MAVIS GALLANT
A LINDA LEITH PUBLISHING PRODUCTION
DIRECTED BY TERRY ZWIGOFF