Kim Thuy

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A Lullaby to Canada

Give a warm welcome to Canada Reads winner, Kim Thuy. Her books are a fascinating contemplation on life as an immigrant, caught between identities. Thuy will share her thoughts on memory and immigration, and leave you reflecting on life in all its wonder.

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Wednesday, October 28. 7:00pm. St. Albert Public Library.  This event is SOLD OUT.

Kim Thuy is also appearing at Strathcona County Library for Fall Feast of Words.
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Kim Thuy was born in Saigon. At the age of 10, she and her family fled the Vietnamese communist regime, and arrived in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Their adaptations to the new climate, language and culture were eased by the warmth of their neighbours' welcome. After trying various occupations—farm worker, seamstress, cashier, cook—Thuy pursued degrees in linguistics and translation, then in law. At the same time, she opened a restaurant in Montreal to introduce the city to the cuisine of her native country.

Thuy's first novel, Ru, fictionalizes her family's long journey from Vietnam to Québec and the discovery of their new environment. Ru won the prestigious Governor General’s Award, was shortlisted for the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2013 First Novel Award, and won CBC’s 2015 Canada Reads. It has been published in 20 countries around the world, in a translation from the original French.

Kim Thuy's latest novel, Mãn, is a triumph of poetic beauty and a moving meditation on how love and food are inextricably entwined, through the story of a young woman sent from Vietnam to marry a man living in Montreal. Thúy calls it her most personal work yet.

Host Laurie Greenwood is CBC Radio’s book columnist and former Edmonton independent bookstore owner.


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