Scott Griffin recalls being spy novelist le Carré’s Canadian “pilot”

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Photo: Griffin Poetry Prize

Scott Griffin flew John le Carré to remote Quebec sites and gave the famous author advice for his 1993 book, The Night Manager.

Of all the places John le Carré took readers in his two dozen or so spy novels, only once did he make an extended stop in Canada. That place was Espérance, a bustling gold mining town in Quebec’s Abitibi region.