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Family, identity and place all converge in heartbreak and hilarity in the latest work by acclaimed Bosnian American author Aleksandar Hemon. Hemon’s My Parents tells the unbridled story of his family’s immigration from Bosnia to Canada—from the lives that were upended in the Siege of Sarajevo, to the new ones they were forced to build. Get ready to hear the author discuss his experiences with migration, and inspiration for documenting his family’s journey with interviewer Randy Boyagoda. Hosted by Khalida Hassan.
Please Note: that author David Bezmozgis, previously scheduled to join this conversation, will no longer appear due to a scheduling conflict. Please consider Bezmozgis’s other Festival event Black Box Session: Humber School for Writers, Love & Defiance Podcast on October 25 at 8pm.
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Novelist Randy Boyagoda is a professor of English at the University of Toronto, where he is also Principal of St. Michael’s College and holds the Basilian Chair in Christianity, Arts and Letters. His most recent novel, Original Prin, was a 2018 Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year and a 2019 New York Times Editor’s Choice. He is Chair of the 2019 ScotiaBank Giller Prize.
Khalida Venus Hassan received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. In 2018, she was selected as a finalist for the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. She lives in Toronto, where she works as a literary assistant and is working on a collection of short stories.
Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Making of Zombie Wars; The Book of My Lives, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award and a New York Times bestseller; and three books of short stories, including Nowhere Man, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Genius Grant from the MacArthur Foundation.