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The Globe and Mail is presenting exclusive podcasts of many of the readings and interviews at the 30th International Festival of Authors. We begin with last night's opening gala, at which Bill Richardson hosted a conversation between two greats: Canada's Alice Munro and the British editor and memoirist Diana Athill. It was during the course of their discussion that Munro offhandedly revealed that she had just recovered from cancer.

At the end of their discussion, Munro and Athill took questions from the audience. The Q&A is not included in the podcast because of audio problems (you can't hear the questions), but we are providing here Munro's answer to a question about what the 78-year-old author is currently working on.



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