Writer Wayson Choy to read at Glendon tomorrow

Award-winning writer Wayson Choy will read and discuss his work as part of the bp nichol Reading Series tomorrow.

The reading will take place from 4:30 to 6pm March 16  in the Senior Common Room, 3rd Floor, York Hall, Glendon campus. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Right: Wayson Choy. Photo by Robert Mills

Choy’s first novel, The Jade Peony (Douglas & McIntyre Inc., 1995), spent 26 weeks on The Globe & Mail’s national bestseller list, shared the Trillium Book Award for best book in 1995, was named one of the “100 Most Important Books in Canadian History” by the Literary Review of Canada and won the 1996 City of Vancouver Book Award. It is an intimate portrait of an immigrant family living in Vancouver during the Second World War, and vividly captures the lived reality of Chinatown from the perspective of these first-generation Canadians.

All That Matters (Anchor Canada, 2005), a companion novel to The Jade Peony, won the Trillium Book Award in 2004 and was shortlisted for the 2005 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

His first memoir, Paper Shadows: A Chinatown Childhood (Viking Canada, 1999), won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Charles Taylor Prize. Choy’s most recent book is Not Yet: A Memoir of Living and Almost Dying (Doubleday Canada, 2009).

The event is sponsored by the Department of English at Glendon.