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How to Pronounce Knife wins the Giller!

Nov 10, 2020

Souvankham Thammavongsa won the 2020 Scotiabank Giller for her book of short stories How to Pronounce Knife.  In a virtual ceremony last night, the Giller Award was delivered to the winner at her home and captured on national television.  Her acceptance speech was beautiful and thoughtfully composed: she alluded to the title of her book with this personal story: "Thirty six years ago I went to school and I pronounced the word knife wrong and I didn't get a prize," she said referencing her early education in ESL classes. "But tonight there is one." 

Thammavongsa has also won acclaim for her 4 books of poetry, and by being reviewed favourably for her first adventure in fiction in the New York Times.  Born in a Lao refugee camp in Thailand, she was raised and now lives in Toronto.  The Giller jury wrote: "These stories are vessels of hope, of hurt, of rejection, of loss and of finding one's footing in a new and strange land.  Thammavongsa's fiction cuts to the core of the immigrant reality like a knife - however you pronounce it".

Congratulations Souvankham Thammavongsa!

Image: How to Pronounce Knife

How to Pronounce Knife

By Thammavongsa, Souvankham