Working in the Bathtub: Conversations with the Immortal Dany Laferrière

Adam Leith Gollner

November 2020

Montreal writer Dany Laferrière became “Immortal” in 2015 when he was inducted into the Académie française, the highest accolade in all French literature. He was the first Quebecer to be so honoured, and only the second Black man.

In these wide-ranging interviews with Adam Leith Gollner, portions of which were originally published in The Paris Review, Laferrière reveals how his life and his writing are inseparable, discussing everything from his breakout debut, How To Make Love To a Negro Without Getting Tired, to the extraordinary success of more recent novels such as The Return and I Am a Japanese Writer.

Brilliant, comedic, and full of insightful advice for writers and readers, these conversations also serve as the definitive introduction to one of our greatest storytellers.


Adam Leith Gollner’s first book, The Fruit Hunters (Scribner, 2008), was a national bestseller and was adapted into an award-winning documentary film. His follow-up, The Book of Immortality (Scribner, 2013), won the QWF Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction. His writing appears in The Paris Review, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Smithsonian, and The New Yorker online. He lives in Montreal.

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Format: Trade paper

Size: 8 x 5 in.

Pages: 148

What they say
"I thought I knew all there was to know about him"
David Homel

"I've translated ten of Laferrière's novels and a good deal of his other writings, having met him in the mid-1980s, and I thought I knew all there was to know about him. Not at all. Adam Gollner's portrait of the man and the writer opens up the landscape to the fullest, adding a more reflective side to Laferrière. Not without playfulness, of course, but Gollner has managed to draw out something graver behind the legendary artful humour. His willingness to follow Laferrière to the various places where he has composed his books shows his true commitment to his subject."
David Homel, Award-winning author and translator

Fall Preview: Non-Fiction
CBC Books

Working in the Bathtub: Conversations with the Immortal Dany Laferrière made it to the CBC Fall Fiction preview list.
"In 2015, Adam Leith Gollner interviewed iconic Montreal writer Dany Larerrière for the Paris Review, after he had been inducted into the Académie française, which is the highest honour in French literature. Over the course of these conversations, they discussed Laferrière's approach to writing and creativity, how he created his breakthrough debut How To Make Love To a Negro Without Getting Tired, and offered advice to other writers and readers of his work. These conversations are collected in full in Working in the Bathtub."

Read the full list here.
August 2020, CBC

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Working in the Bathtub: Conversations with the Immortal Dany Laferrière has its own profile page at CBC Books. 
August 2020, CBC


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