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May 2, 2023

Suzette Mayr: Giller Girl

Suzette Mayr thinks happy endings are important, (not that kind of happy ending). She just won the Giller Prize for The Sleeping Car Porter and tells us why it was so important and so difficult to tell the story of being a Black gay man in Canada 100 years ago. Suzette tells us about what it was like for her the first time in a lesbian bar, what happened to Rockhead’s Jazz Bar in Montreal, and why “Rate my Prof” is worse than Yelp.Suzette Mayr is the author of 6 novels and 2 books of poetry. Her latest novel The Sleeping Car Porter won this year’s Giller prize. She is an English professor at the University of Calgary. Her writing often focuses on issues of race, identity and sex!

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