Madeleine Thien

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Meet the writer behind the award-winning Do Not Say We Have Nothing.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017. 7:00pm. Arden Theatre.  Tickets $5.

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Madeleine Thien, winner of the 2016 Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction and the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize, will appear at the Arden Theatre on March 29, 2017 for a spring STARFest event presented by St. Albert Public Library.

Thien's latest work, Do Not Say We Have Nothing, focuses on an extended family in China, and the lives of two successive generations­—those who lived through Mao's Cultural Revolution and their children who became the students protesting in Tiananmen Square. At the center of this epic story are two young women, Marie and Ai-Ming. Through their relationship Marie strives to piece together the tale of her fractured family in present-day Vancouver, seeking answers in the fragile layers of their collective story. In addition to winning the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction and the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the book was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. According to a Globe and Mail review Do Not Say We Have Nothing cements Madeleine Thien as one of Canada’s most talented novelists.

Thien's other works include Simple Recipes, a short story collection, Certainty, which won the First Novel Award, and the much acclaimed Dogs at the Perimeter which was the winner of the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair prize. Her books have been translated into over 25 languages.

The daughter of Malaysian-Chinese immigrants to Canada, Thien has taught fiction and literature in Canada, China, Germany, Nigeria, Singapore and Japan and is a part of the International Faculty at the MFA program at the City University of Hong Kong.

The event will be hosted by author Marina Endicott, whose novels Open Arms, Good to a Fault, and The Little Shadows, all received numerous accolades. She launched her latest book Close to Hugh at the Library in May 2015 and was a STARFest host in 2016.

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