What a busy March... Let's catch up...Canada Reads 2015
In vignettes that shift back and forth between past and present, Ru tells the story of a young woman forced to leave her Saigon home during the Vietnam War. In spare, luminous prose, Kim Thúy traces the woman's journey from childhood in an affluent Saigon neighbourhood to youth in a crowded Malaysian refugee camp and then to Quebec, where she struggles to fit in -- all aspects of the author's own life story.
In 2012, Ru was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Man Asian Literary Prize. It won the Governor General's Award for French-language fiction in 2010, and the Prix du Grand Public Salon du livre de Montréal.
Cameron Bailey is the Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. Previously, he was a Festival programmer for eleven years. Toronto Life has named him one of Toronto's 50 Most Influential People three years in a row. For many years, Bailey was a writer and broadcaster on film.
Kim Thúy left Vietnam as a boat person when she was ten years old. She has worked as a seamstress, an interpreter, a lawyer, a restaurant owner and chef. Her first novel, Ru, has been published in twenty countries. Her most recent novel is Mãn. Thúy lives in Montreal, where she devotes herself to writing.
Sheila Fischman is one of Canada's most celebrated translators. She has translated more than 150 Quebec novels into English, including both of Kim Thúy's novels, Ru and Mãn, as well as books by such noted authors as Gaétan Soucy, Jacques Poulin, Anne Hébert, Michel Tremblay and Pascale Quiviger.