Cordelia Strube offers a "Word on the Street" Teaser

As part of their Word on the Street Festival preview, Open Book: Toronto offers a Q and A with novelist Cordelia Strube. As she gears up for her upcoming WOTS reading, Strube discusses the difficulties of putting on an engaging public performance without bumping into the furniture. Strube's recent Coach House novel, Lemon, was long-listed for the 2010 Scotiabank Giller prize:

Open Book:
What’s the best advice about public readings you have ever received?

Cordelia Strube:
I’ve never been given advice about public readings but I try to follow Noel Coward’s advice: “Speak clearly and don’t bump into the furniture”. I’m very animated when I read. Recently a photographer handed me 20 shots of me reading at the Leacock Festival. He told me he loved photographing me because I’m “very expressive”. As much as I appreciated his interest and the gift of the photos, they also scared the hell out of me. Who was that woman with the elastic face? I try to inhabit my characters when I read and it shows. Picture those candid shots of celebs looking hideous, only I look even more hideous. Almost made me stop reading publicly. Fortunately I had to read in Montreal soon after the photo trauma and forgot all about my hideousness and went all elastic again.

For the full interview, click here.

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