World news – CA – Suvankham Thamaphungsa wins the 2020 Geller Prize for his first feature appearance « How to Spell a Knife »


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Thammavongsa smiled as she showed off the trophy to her two friends at her home in Toronto in her acceptance speech, thanked her parents for providing the inspiration for the title clip in the short story collection

“Thanks mom and dad,” she told the camera, “Thirty-six years ago, I went to school and missed the word“ knife ”and didn’t get an award, but tonight there is one.

In their quote, the jury hailed the book as « an amazing collection of stories depicting the experience of immigrants in beautiful, painful prose. »

Born in Lao Refugee Camp in Nong Khay, Thailand, and raised in Toronto, Thamafungsa follows the stories of immigrants building a new life away from their home countries, tense with the mores of both societies as they search for a sense of belonging

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How to Pronounce Knife characters are stuck at this cultural rendezvous: a mother who became infatuated with country singer Randy Travis; A failed boxer replaces his gloves with a nail file in his sister’s salon.

The story « Slingshot », which is part of the group and won a U-prizeSmokrha O Henry Award for Short Literature, a 70-year-old woman finds herself in love with her 32-year-old neighbor

Won a Trillium Book Award for Poetry for her 2013 volume Light Her 2007 collection, Found, inspired by her father’s scrapbook, has been transformed into a short film

Tamafungsa’s writing has also appeared in reputable publications such as Harper’s, Paris Review and Atlantic She has received numerous grants, including $ 25,000 from the Canadian Council of Arts for her upcoming first novel.

The contestant for the first time beat several regulars Gellers to win the award, including former winner David Bergen, who nominated him for the fifth time through the story collection, Here The Dark, published by Biblioasis

Four-time nominee Shani Moto has also been shortlisted for her Polar Vortex novel, published by Book * hug Press

Also runners-up are newcomers Jill Adamson of Ridgerunner (House of Anansi Press) and Emily St who grew up in British Columbia, New York John Mandel for The Glass Hotel (HarperCollins Publishers)

The Geller nominees were honored in a virtual ceremony on Monday evening in place of the usual Toronto literary party

Gailer’s Executive Director, Ilana Rabinowitz, said organizers have spent months working to maintain the evening’s signature within the public health restrictions of COVID-19

The televised ceremony featured a mixture of pre-recorded and live elements Candidates presented their books, while frontline workers read excerpts from each title

Canadian actor Eric McCormack hosted the celebrations from a library in Vancouver, while jazz artist Diana Krall gave a performance to the public

Finalists were selected by jury members Mark Sakamoto, Eden Robinson, David Shariandy, Tom Rachman and Claire Armetstead

The long list of 14 titles announced in September includes some of the big names that have not succeeded, including Thomas King, Emma Donoghue, and Lynn Coady

Founded in 1994, Giller awards $ 100,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian fiction, graphic novel, or short story collection published in English, and $ 10,000 to each of the finalists

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World News – CA – Suvankam Thamaphungsa Wins 2020 Geller Award for Fictional Debut ‘How To utter the knife


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