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 deeply valued Ondaatje’s advice as he worked on his first novel.
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.
January 2016 Tracy K. Smith was a protégée in literature in 2010. Now the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer has come full circle as a role model and mentor herself.
May 2015 Michael Ondaatje is giving Miroslav Penkov the courage to expand his horizons by writing a screenplay.
December 2014 With a growing media profile and a successful fitness app, Naomi Alderman is in the midst of an exciting phase of her life.