Dal Grauer Memorial Lecture | Ms. Souvankham Thammavongsa, Jack McClelland Writer in Residence, University of Toronto

Ms. Thammavongsa’s fiction pieces have appeared in outlets such as The New Yorker, Harper’s, Granta, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, The Walrus, and The New York Times Book Review. Her short story “Slingshot” published in Harper’s Magazine won the O. Henry Award in 2019. Her debut book of fiction, How to Pronounce Knife, won the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and was named a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN America Open Book Award, the Danuta Gleed Award, and the Trillium Book Award, and one of Time’s Must-Read Books of 2020. The title story was a finalist for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Ms. Thammavongsa is also the author of four poetry books: Light (2013) winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry; Found (2007); Small Arguments (2003), winner of the ReLit Award; and, most recently, Cluster (2019).

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