Jun 9, 2009
In a conversation I had with him, Canadian critic, editor and short story writer John Metcalf hauls off on both the Giller Prize and two-time winner M.G. Vassanji; the former for boosterism and an inability to distinguish between good and bad literature (for placing two-time winner Alice Munro in the same category as Vassanji), and the latter for being a person who, ‘there’s no question,’ can’t " handle the English language".
met with Vassanji in Montreal at the Blue Met Writers Festival
ostensibly to talk about his new Penguin biography of
Mordecai Richler (please stay tuned for the audio); but before
commencing, I asked him to respond to Metcalf’s attacks. Here’s
what he had to say: