Findings: Mavis Gallant, a documentary portrait

 Author Mavis Gallant, who died Tuesday ageed 91, moved to Europe from her native Canada intending to write. She succeeded, becoming one of the world’s acclaimed masters of the short story. She lived for nearly 50 years in the same apartment in Paris, where in 2012 Rome-based journalist Megan Williams spent almost a week interviewing her, recording material for the radio documentary portrait The Four Seasons of Mavis Gallant. It was broadcast by the Ideas radio program of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Further reading:
The New Yorker, which published about 100 of Mavis Gallant’s stories, offers  a selection of her stories online.
CBC obituary: Mavis Gallant, short story maven, dies at 91: CBC obituary
New York Times obituary: Mavis Gallant, 91, Dies; Her Stories Told of Uprooted Lives and Loss
Globe and Mail obituary: Writer Mavis Gallant dies at age 91. Journalist Sandra Martin wrote  that Mavis Gallant “had a journalist’s nose, a cinematographer’s eye and a novelist’s imagination. She combined her technical skills and sensory perceptions in the shrewdly observed and multilayered short story, a form she made her own.”

 

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