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“How to Pronounce Knife” Book Talk with Souvankham Thammavongsa
March 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm FREE
Innis College, New College, and the Writing & Rhetoric Program welcome author Souvankham Thammavongsa (BA ’03 New) for a virtual discussion of her 2020 Giller Prize-winning short-story collection How to Pronounce Knife. Alumnus and author Jack Wang (BSc ’94 Innis; pictured right, photo by Mike Grippi) will moderate the discussion.
(Photo of Souvankham Thammavongsa, above, by Sarah Bodri)
Souvankham Thammavongsa‘s fiction has appeared in Harper’s, Granta, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Best American Non-Required Reading, The Journey Prize Stories, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Her debut book of fiction, How to Pronounce Knife, is the winner of the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize and one of Time‘s Must-Read Books of 2020. The title story was a finalist for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Thammavongsa is also the author of four poetry books: Light, winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry; Found; Small Arguments, winner of the ReLit Award; and, most recently, Cluster. Born in the Lao refugee camp in Nong Khai, Thailand, she was raised and educated in Toronto, where she is at work on her first novel.
Jack Wang received a BSc from the University of Toronto (Innis College), an MFA from the University of Arizona, and a PhD in English with an emphasis in creative writing from Florida State University. In 2014–15, he held the David T. K. Wong Creative Writing Fellowship at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, and in 2020, he was awarded a residency at Historic Joy Kogawa House in Vancouver. Stories in his debut collection, We Two Alone, have been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and longlisted for the Journey Prize, and have appeared in PRISM International, the Malahat Review, the New Quarterly, the Humber Literary Review, and Joyland. Originally from Vancouver, Jack Wang is an associate professor in the Department of Writing at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, where he lives with his wife, novelist Angelina Mirabella, and their two daughters.