Far From Home: Kaie Kellough & Souvankham Thammavongsa

Kaie Kellough, Souvankham Thammavongsa and Fiona Raye Clarke

Far From Home: Kaie Kellough & Souvankham Thammavongsa

Kaie Kellough, Souvankham Thammavongsa and Fiona Raye Clarke

5:00pm

Thursday, October 29, 2020

45 mins

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

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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

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Featured Authors

Kaie Kellough is a novelist, sound performer and poet. His poetry collection Magnetic Equator won the 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize and his novel Accordéon (2016) was shortlisted for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. His most recent collection of short stories is Dominoes at the Crossroads (2020) published by Véhicule Press. His work migrates between poetry and fiction, between Canada and the Caribbean, and between text and sound. He lives in Montreal.

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Souvankham Thammavongsa is the author of four poetry books and the short story collection, How to Pronounce Knife (McClelland & Stewart, 2020). Her stories have won an O. Henry Award and appeared in Harper’sThe Paris ReviewThe AtlanticGranta and other places. She was born in the Lao refugee camp in Nong Khai, Thailand and was raised and educated in Toronto.

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Fiona Raye Clarke is an award-winning Trinidadian-Canadian writer and community-engaged artist. Her co-created screenplay, Intersecting won the 2017 CineFAM Short Film Challenge and her writing has appeared in various publications online and in print, including the Puritan Town Crier, the Room Magazine blog, and the League of Canadian Poets Chapbook edited by Chelene Knight: These Lands. Her plays have been produced by the rock.paper.sistahz festival and InspiraTo Festival and she is an alumnus of the Banff Centre. She holds a Creative Writing Certificate from Humber College and a Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School. 

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5:00pm

Thursday, October 29

45 mins

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