Elizabeth Hay has described school as a place where one is alone with their stupidity and alone with their interests. But there is also the sexiness of learning and the sexiness of teaching, and it is this charged atmosphere that is explored in School Days. Hay’s novel, Alone in the Classroom, spins its narrative web beginning in a small prairie school in 1929. Alexander Maksik sets his novel in Paris at an international high school catering to children of wealthy, influential families. And Suzette Mayr’s novel is set at a Catholic high school in suburban Calgary. Is the classroom more than just a universal experience to which readers can relate? Is there far more significance to the time we spend in that crucible that forms or deforms us all? As Hay says, "everything begins in school and nothing about school ever ends."
School Days: Elizabeth Hay, Alexander Maksik & Suzette Mayr
Recorded at the Revue Stage on Friday, October 21, 2011.