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Why Canada Reads author Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette chased her grandmother’s ghost, then wrote about it

Author and filmmaker Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette invites readers to follow her as she pieces together her runaway grandmother’s life in her novel Suzanne. It was one of the five finalists on Canada Reads 2019. In this episode of Why I Write, Anaïs talks about how writing gives her “total freedom,” and gives advice to writers on how to find confidence in their own voices in a world already so full of storytellers.

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