Madeleine Thien and Rawi Hage: A Public Reading

October 24, 2016

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 5:00pm at the Yale Bookstore (77 Broadway)

Madeleine Thien is the author of the story collection, Simple Recipes; the novel, Certainty; and the novel, Dogs at the Perimeter, which was shortlisted for Berlin’s 2014 International Literature Award and won the Frankfurt Book Fair’s 2015 Liberaturpreis. Her novels and stories have been translated into twenty-five languages, and her essays have appeared in Granta, The Guardian, the Financial Times, Five Dials, Brick, and Al Jazeera. The daughter of Malaysian-Chinese immigrants to Canada, she lives in Montreal. Her latest new novel, Do Not Say We Have Nothing, has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Rawi Hage was born in Beirut. He is a writer and a visual artist. His first novel, De Niro’s Game, won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was translated into several languages. It also won the McAuslan First Book Prize and the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Writers’ Trust Award, and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Cockroach, his second novel, was a finalist for many prestigious awards, including the Scotiabank Giller Prize, prix Courier international, International Literary Prize of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and won the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. His writing appeared in Walrus, Granta, Tin House, Brick, Five Dials, TOK, and The Kenyon Review. His latest novel, Carnival (2012), is about the beautiful, twisted existence of life in the modern city, told from the perspective of a taxi driver. Carnival was a finalist for the Writers’ Trust Award and won the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. His work has been translated into twenty-nine languages. Rawi Hage resides in Montreal.

Co-sponsored by the Creative Writing Program at the English Department and the Committee on Canadian Studies at the MacMillan Center.