Souvankham Thammavongsa wins the Giller Prize
Toronto writer Souvankham Thammavongsa is this year's Giller Prize winner.
Share November 10, 2020 9:16 am Share Souvankham Thammavongsa wins Giller Award Adina Bresge The Canadian Press TORONTO – Toronto writer Souvankham Thammavongsa is this year's Giller Award winner.
Souvankham Thammavongsa received the $ 100,000 award for his first short story collection, How to Pronounce Knife , published by McClelland and Stewart.
Jurors praised the book, which they described as “an astonishing collection of stories that portray the immigrant experience, in painfully beautiful prose.”
Born in the Laotian refugee camp in Nong Khai, Thailand, and raised in Toronto, Souvankham Thammavongsa has been hailed for her four books of poetry, and her writings have appeared in publications such as Harper's Magazine , Paris Review and The Atlantic. .
She was celebrated in a virtual ceremony on Monday evening alongside finalists David Bergen, Shani Mootoo, Gil Adamson and Emily St. John Mandel.
The Giller Prize awards $ 100,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel, graphic novel or short story published in English, and $ 10,000 to each of the finalists.