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Giller-nominated Nancy Richler on her latest book

Giller-nominated Nancy Richler on her latest book

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Author says media steer clear of asking about her sexual orientation
Nancy Richler's latest book, The Imposter Bride, has been nominated for this year's Giller Prize. The award, which will be presented Oct 30 in Toronto, is one of Canada’s most prestigious literary prizes.  
 
“I’m thrilled to pieces,” Richler says. “It’s been absolutely wonderful.”
 
Being shortlisted for the Giller brings increased sales and media attention, but Richler says journalists have steered clear of questions about her sexual orientation. “I don’t get asked about it,” says the author, who has been open about her sexuality for years. 
 
Richler isn’t sure why the question hasn't come up, but she says being a lesbian does “inform her writing.”
 
In the below interview, Richler talks about The Imposter Bride.
 
The Giller Prize will be broadcast on CBC television on Oct 30 at 9pm. Richler’s book will be introduced by Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall.


 
 

Comments

So Nadine says...
"And maybe, just maybe, nobody cares any more? Welcome to 2012. This is progress. Same-sex marriage has been happening for a decade. When are some people going to get over themselves and realize that the flip side of normalization and assimilation and legitimacy is that the entire issue of sexual orientation is demystified?" In spite of all evidence to the contrary. Wow, just wow. Hopeless absolutely hopeless.
Duh
I rarely say this, but OMG. She doesn't know why her sexuality does't come up, even though she's never hidden it by her own admittance. “I don’t get asked about it,” says the author, who has been open about her sexuality for years." Hello? Well, that answers itself then, doesn't it? What's to ask about, if it has never been a mystery? And maybe, just maybe, nobody cares any more? Welcome to 2012. This is progress. Same-sex marriage has been happening for a decade. When are some people going to get over themselves and realize that the flip side of normalization and assimilation and legitimacy is that the entire issue of sexual orientation is demystified? I wonder if any asks Dionne Brand "so, what's it like to write while black?"
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