Ann-Marie MacDonald

Recorded at Granville Island Stage on October 25, 2014

A Canadian author, actor, playwright and broadcaster whose internationally bestselling and prizewinning novels have been translated into almost 20 languages, Ann-Marie MacDonald has it seems, succeeded at everything she turns her hand to. Adult Onset, her first novel in more than a decade, explores crucial themes— motherhood, the dark undercurrents that break families apart, what holds families together and the power and pressures of love—that are also an integral part of her own life. “We need our stories,” MacDonald says. “Remember who we are. Remember where we come from. Don’t skip over anything. Celebrate but never forget.”

Ann-Marie MacDonald’s first novel, Fall On Your Knees, was an international bestseller, won the Commonwealth Writers Prize, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and won the People’s Choice Award and Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Award for Fiction Book of the Year. It was also an Oprah’s Book Club selection and has been translated into 19 languages. Her play Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama. Her second novel, The Way the Crow Flies, was an international bestseller, a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and a Good Morning America Book Club pick. Adult Onset is her much anticipated new novel. MacDonald is host and narrator of the CBC’s Doc Zone. She lives in Toronto.