Montreal literary festival notes

Pat Donelly recaps Montreal’s Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival, culling notes from five notebooks and six hours of audio recordings. Here’s a bit about Auster:

Auster, a melancholy sort, talked to Wachtel about the downside of being in your 50s: developing ailments, losing friends and parents. He confessed to mentally conversing with the departed. “I think about these people all the time,” he said. “It’s like having a foot in the other world.” His rapport with the living is pretty good, too. His book-signing on Friday was reportedly a crowd scene with about 200 fans standing in a line that stretched across the hotel foyer.

(Via Places for Writers.)