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Wayne Grady

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The author Wayne Grady talks about his first novel, Emancipation Day (Doubleday, 2013), with Joseph Planta.

Emancipation Day by Wayne Grady (Doubleday, 2013).

Click to buy this book from Amazon.ca: Emancipation Day

Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

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

Wayne Grady joins me now. The noted author and translator recently published his first novel, Emancipation Day. It came out to great notices in the press, and was longlisted for the Giller Prize. In the book, Jack Lewis is a navy musician who’s got a dark secret. He meets Vivian Fanshawe, while he’s stationed in Newfoundland during the Second World War, and they end up going to her family’s hometown of Windsor, Ontario. Jack’s heritage emerges, and the book goes on to look at the era and race. I’ll get Mr. Grady to tell us as much as possible about this book, what inspired it, and what this book says about identity, the one that society foists upon one, and the identity we have of ourselves. The website for more is at www.waynegrady.ca. Emancipation Day is published by Doubleday. Mr. Grady joined me last week, while he was in town for events at the Vancouver Writers Festival. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, in Vancouver today, Wayne Grady; Mr. Grady, good morning.