Giller Prize winner Kim Thuy featured in October’s Canadian Writers lecture series

Kim Thúy
Kim Thúy
Kim Thúy
Kim Thúy

The second instalment of the Canadian Writers in Person Lecture Series will feature award-winning writer Kim Thúy on Oct. 6 from 7 to 10pm at 206 Accolade West Building.

Thúy will read from her latest novel, Mãn, which explores the life of a woman who has three mothers – one who gave birth to her during the war, one who found her in a vegetable garden and her beloved Maman.

The novel follows Mãn during her marriage to a lonely Vietnamese restaurateur who lives in Montreal, and her discovery of her natural talents as a chef. The story weaves together love and food and the affairs of both.

Thúy comes from a diverse professional background – she has worked as a seamstress, an interpreter, a lawyer and a restaurant owner, and she now dedicates her time to writing.

Kim Thuy ManIn 2010, she won the Governor General’s Award for French-language fiction for her debut novel, Ru. In 2012, it was translated to English, and that same year it was shortlisted for the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize. In 2013, it was shortlisted for the First Novel Award, and in 2015 it went on to win the 2015 edition of Canada Reads.

The Canadian Writers in Person Lecture Series is presented by the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, which this year brings 11 Canadian writers to campus for an up-close and personal event.

More events in the series include:

  • Oct. 20 – Frances Itani, Tell
  • Nov. 3 – Greg Hollingshead, Act Normal
  • Nov. 17 – Sean Michaels, Us Conductors
  • Dec. 1 – Lee Maracle, Celia’s Song
  • Jan. 12 – Heather O’Neill, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night
  • Jan. 26 – Gregory Scofield, Louis: The Heretic Poems
  • Feb. 9 – Colin McAdam, A Beautiful Truth
  • March 1 – Sue Goyette, Ocean
  • March 15 – Aisha Sasha John, Thou

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