Michael Ondaatje says that having a mentor to warn about the dangers of easy victories is essential for a young writer. His Bulgarian protégé Miroslav Penkov greatly admires Ondaatje’s work and relishes his company as he finds his literary voice.
A shared interest in history, technology and religion created an immediate rapport between Margaret Atwood and Naomi Alderman. Their exploration of the digital world resulted in a web-based novel, co-written between lively encounters in New York, London and Toronto.
The mentor, a master of German letters, moves easily across forms and genres in a way that inspired his protégée, a young poet, as she explored a new literary medium, the memoir.
Worlds apart in terms of geography, culture and experience, the paths of the mentor and protégée converged naturally, as a vital experience of life and literature brought them together in a close, spontaneous partnership.
Each living far from his birthplace, the mentor and protégé meet in their literary explorations of exclusion and exile.
Antonio García Ángel thought Mario Vargas Llosa was going to help him write a new novel. In fact, Llosa showed him a whole new way of working.
On the basis of work-in-progress Leigh sent, Morrison knew that Leigh was the one. “Her plans and ideas were so compelling to me,” she says.
September 2013 Former literature protégé and now successful Togolese author, Edem Awumey is publishing his fourth novel, Explication de la nuit.
March 2013 A literary event gives two formidable authors the chance to discuss writing across cultures and languages.
May 2012 Read excerpts from 2012-2013 Literature protégée Naomi Alderman's works created prior to the year of mentoring.