One eRead Canada is a national, bilingual digital book club connecting readers to one another and to their libraries. This year’s pick is Kim Thúy’s celebrated novel, Vi
. Join us January 1-31!
Checkout The Book
Check your Public Library’s website to borrow the book from where you regularly get your ebooks and digital audiobooks then join us for thought provoking discussions.
The selection for our first bilingual book club is Vi by Kim Thúy
, published by Penguin Random House Canada in English and Libre Expression in French. This masterful book about the lives and experiences of Vietnamese refugees in Canada was a finalist for the 2019 Governor General’s Literary Award in translation and longlisted for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
“Thúy is known for her short and elegant stories about being a refugee and immigrant, and the challenges of adapting to a new culture. In her novels, we experience Vietnam’s colours and tastes, the difficulties of exile but also riches, and a search for identity that we can all recognize ourselves in.” – The New Academy jury citation
“Kim Thúy’s novels are as compact as her tiny titles might suggest… but their poetic contents punch well above their weight in terms of story and raw emotional heft.” – Becky Toyne, The Globe and Mail
This discussion guide
includes information about the author, her books and thought provoking discussion questions. We are grateful to Laval Public Library, Longueuil Public Library and Amnesty International Book Club for providing us with such a rich resource.
Online Author Events
We are excited to be hosting Kim Thúy for two events that will be streamed via Facebook Live and can also be shared and viewed later. On January 19 at 7 PM EST Shelagh Rogers from The Next Chapter on CBC Radio will interview the author in English, and on January 20 at 7 PM EST Kevin Sweet, arts reporter for Radio-Canada, will interview the author in French. You can find these events on our Facebook page, see link below.
Facebook Book Club
Connect with readers from across the country through Facebook. Join us for a fun and engaging experience as we discuss this gem of a book that is poetic and thought provoking, a window into a Vietnamese refugee’s journey to Quebec and back to Vietnam again.
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