Robert Rotenberg will read at IFOA on Tuesday, October 23.
IFOA: Who are you most excited to see at the Festival?
Rotenberg: Vincent Lam.
IFOA: The city of Toronto features prominently in your novels. If you had to describe the city in three words, which words would you choose?
Rotenberg: Disturbed, confused, bewildered. This comes from a Woodrow Wilson quote: “We live in an age disturbed, confused, bewildered, afraid of its own forces, in search not merely of its road but even of its direction.”
IFOA: Tell us about one book that changed your life.
Rotenberg: Old City Hall, my first novel—took twenty years to write. Or Race to the Moon—a picture book I read when I was about four…I think it was the first book I ever read.
IFOA: What’s one thing you wished you’d known 20 years ago?
Rotenberg: That it would take 20 years to get my first book published.
IFOA: Finish this sentence: If someone would just…
Rotenberg: Give me a plane ticket to Fiji.
IFOA: Bonus question: International Festival of Authors in one word:
Rotenberg: True (my 21-year-old son’s favourite word for everything).