Monday, July 29, 2013

Author Bio: David Mitchell

This week, our author is David Mitchell, who wrote Cloud Atlas, our book this week (picked by Annapeg88!!).  He was born in Merseyside, England, but grew up in Worcheshire.  He got his degree in Comparative Literature, and then moved to Sicily.  After spending a year there, he moved to Hiroshima, Japan where he taught English to technical students.

Eventually, he returned to England to make a living as a writer when his wife became pregnant.

His first book, Ghostwritten, is a book that spans the world with interconnecting stories.  Our novel this week, Cloud Atlas, is done in much the same manner, but spans time instead of places.  He has twice been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and Time put him on their "100 Most Influential People" list in 2007.

Mitchell has written several operas, one of which is a prologue for the book he has slated to come out late this year.

David Mitchell actually has a stammer.  He mentions that "The King's Speech" is the most accurate portrayal of what it's like to have a stammer.  Currently, he's living in Ireland with his wife and two children.

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