Author Michael Ondaatje will deliver the 2013 Alex Fountain Memorial Lecture on Thursday, 14 November 2013, 7.30 PM. The topic of his lecture is "Mongrel art: A discussion of literature and its neighbours". 

The lecture will take place in Alumni Hall, Academic Building, University of King’s College, and be live streamed to a high definition screen in Prince Hall. A wide selection of Ondaatje’s books will be on sale and he will be signing books in Prince Hall between 6.30 and 7.10 PM. Please note that students will have priority over the seating in Alumni Hall.

Ceylon-born Michael Ondaatje is best known as a novelist, most notably for The English Patient, which was made into an Academy Award-winning film, but his work also encompasses poetry, memoir, literary criticism, and film.

He is the author of four books of poetry and the semi-autobiographical Running in the Family (1982), which combines memoir, fiction, and photography. He has also written six novels: Coming Through Slaughter (1976), In the Skin of the Lion (1987), The English Patient (1992), Anil’s Ghost (2000), Divisadero (2007), and Cat’s Table (2011).

Michael Ondaatje has won the Booker Prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award (five times), the Prix Médicis, the Irish Times International Prize for Fiction, and the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize.

Alex Fountain was a student at King’s who died on 22 August 2009 at the age of 20. He was a well-loved member of the King’s community and the Halifax music scene.  In 2011, his family – parents Fred and Elizabeth Fountain and sister Katharine – established the Alex Fountain Memorial Lecture. Through their gift, the King’s student body is now able to vote for a speaker of their choosing every year and listen to a lecture at King’s that challenges, provokes, and delights.