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Alexander Maksik

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The author Alexander Maksik discusses his new novel, A Marker to Measure Drift (Bond Street Books, 2013), writing and more, with Joseph Planta.

A Marker to Measure Drift by Alexander Maksik (Bond Street Books, 2013).

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Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.

The acclaimed author Alexander Maksik has just published his second book: A Marker to Measure Drift. Published by Bond Street Books, an imprint of Random House, the reviews for this major work of fiction note the author’s powerful images, and his detailed and haunting evocations of poverty, the horrors of war, isolation, madness and journey. In the book, we track Jacqueline’s journey. We’re introduced to her as she scrounges about a Greek island, poor and hungry. We find out more about this woman’s past, her connection to Liberia and the horrific conflict there that forces her exile. I’ll get Mr. Maksik to tell us about this book, as well, we’ll reflect on his writing and more. His previous book, You Deserve Nothing received great notices, and like this new book, a lot of terrific praise from fellow writers. Alexander Maksik is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, and his writing has appeared in sundry publications such as Harper’s, and the New York Times Magazine, among many others. His website is at www.alexandermaksik.com. I speak to Alexander Maksik in mid-August from Toronto. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Alexander Maksik; Mr. Maksik, good morning.