In Geist 105, Alberto Manguel wrote “Reporting Lies” in response to Stephanie Nolen’s article about him, “Page Turner,” that appeared in the Globe and Mail in May, 2017.
Ethel Groffier wrote to the Globe and Mail to comment on the article, and sent her letter to Geist as well. It reads:
Page turner. Really?
Nolen’s piece was so disappointing! In it, she concentrates on controversies and petty politics instead of telling us about Alberto Manguel’s vision for the National Library of Argentina, where he is creating a vast network of intellectual exchanges, largely thanks to his own international fame. The library is beginning to attract praises in Argentina and abroad. Those of us in Montreal who had the privilege of visiting the exhibition “The Library at Night,” conceived by Robert Lepage on the basis of Manguel’s book of the same title and his own magnificent personal library, have an idea of what the interview could have been if the interviewer had been really interested in libraries rather than in gossip. The opening of the exhibition in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris will no doubt reflect favourably on its counterpart in Buenos Aires.