On March 6th author, translator, publisher, and Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival founding director Linda Leith spoke to a capacity audience at the Atwater Library on the life and work of Mavis Gallant. Undeniably the most fiercely independent of Canada’s pioneering women writers, Gallant’s iconic literary career spanned more than five decades. She passed away in February at age 91. Leith entitled her talk on Gallant The Writer as Rapscallion. Says Leith, “Mavis Gallant’s life was her own revolution.” Let’s listen to this excerpt from Leith’s reflections on her friend Mavis Gallant, recorded yesterday by CKUT’s Susan Fitch.