5 Facts About Michael Ondaatje

1. Since the 1960s, Michael Ondaatje has been involved with Toronto's Coach House Books, supporting the independent small press by working as a poetry editor.

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2. In April 2015, Michael Ondaatje was one of several members of PEN American Center who withdrew as literary host when the organization gave its annual Freedom of Expression Courage award to Charlie Hebdo.

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3. In 2002, Michael Ondaatje published a non-fiction book, The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film, which won special recognition at the 2003 American Cinema Editors Awards, as well as a Kraszna-Krausz Book Award for best book of the year on the moving image.

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4. In 2011 Michael Ondaatje worked with Daniel Brooks to create a play based on this novel.

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5. While in England, Michael Ondaatje pursued secondary education at Dulwich College; he then emigrated to Montreal, Quebec in 1962.

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