AustinClarkeNoted Canadian-Barbadian author Austin Clarke (The Polished Hoe, Growing Up Stupid Under the Union Jack) died last Sunday. He was 81. From CBC Books:

Clarke was born in St. James, Barbados, on July 26, 1934. He moved to Canada in 1955 to attend the University of Toronto, but left to pursue a career in broadcasting. He became a leader in the North American civil rights movement before publishing his first novel, The Survivors of the Crossing, in 1964.

He went on to write more than two dozen books in various genres, including novels, nonfiction and poetry. His most recent work is a memoir, ‘Membering, which was published last year.

“Writing has been a mainstay and the most important aspect of my life,” Clarke said to CBC Books in 2015. “It shall continue this way until I die.”

January Magazine interviewed Clarke in 2002 when he was promoting The Polished Hoe, which went on the win the Giller Prize. That interview is here.

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