Should you tell your story as fiction or memoir? More importantly, which will get you into more trouble? Two writers talk about the fine line between autobiography and stuff you make up. Also discussed: Winter as hazing ritual; language- and code-switching; Leonard Cohen singalongs; the relationship between Middle East politics and parenthood. Plus, a new segment: Quebec Libris, where local writers talk about local books. The first segment features poet Jay Ritchie recommending "Melody: Story of a Nude Dancer" by Sylvie Rancourt. Ariela Freedman is a writer and professor at Concordia University. Her debut novel, Arabic for Beginners, came out in 2017 with Linda Leith Publishing. Elaine Kalman Naves was born in Hungary, grew up in Budapest, London, and Montreal, and is the author of eight books, among them two award-winning memoirs about her family: Journey to Vaja, and Shoshanna's Story. Her most recent book, The Book of Faith, was nominated for the 2016 Leacock Prize for Humour. GLOSSARY Allophone: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allophone_(Quebec) Referendum: 1st https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quebec_referendum,_1980 2nd https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quebec_referendum,_1995 Bronfman family: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bronfman_family The Main: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Laurent_Boulevard LITERARY MENTIONS Mordecai Richler Friedrich Nietzsche Chava Rosenfarb Rachel Korn J. I. Segal Elena Ferrante Leonard Cohen Inside the Frozen Mammoth is created by the Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec and features writers published by our members. Interviews are by Merriane Couture, technical production and editing by Jess Glavina. Anna Leventhal is the executive producer. Original music by Pamela Hart, cover art by Adam Waito. Thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts for supporting this project. Additional sounds heard in this episode: Audio from "Tribute to Leonard Cohen in Montreal", posted on YouTube by user Shabnevis weblog.