the melbourne writers festival doesn't kick off until august but we got a bit of a preview on thursday night by hearing richard ford speak about his new book canada at the atheneum theatre. i've only read one of his books and it was years ago but dad is huge fan. ford has this slow, introspective way of writing which isn't usually my thing. he's also the only writer in history to win the pulitzer prize and the pen faulkner award in the same year (for independence day in 1995). despite not being a huge fan he had a lovely slow way of speaking (completely with southern accent) and he was great to listen to.