Far From Home: Kaie Kellough & Souvankham Thammavongsa
October 29 at 5pm
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A big congratulations to Souvankham Thammavongsa on winning the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize for her book How to Pronounce Knife! To celebrate, check out this interview from #FestofAuthors20 with Souvankham and Kaie. Also be sure to check out the Small Press Interactive Map to learn about Souvankham’s first publisher, Pedlar Press, and many other small presses that are amplifying Canadian voices.
Award-winning Canadian authors Kaie Kellough and Souvankham Thammavongsa document the immigrant experience of navigating race, family and coming-of-age, in their latest short story collections. Kellough links portraits from the Afro-Canadian diaspora, mapping an alternate Canada—one crisscrossed by music, futures and portals to a Caribbean past, in Dominoes at the Crossroads. Thammavongsa uses compassion and wry humour to honour characters struggling to find their bearings far from home, as they do the grunt work of their new surroundings. Join these authors for a conversation about the real world experiences that inspired their fictional stories, and share in the universal familiarity of displaced dreams and unknown futures.
Interviewer: Fiona Raye Clarke