Kristin Kreuk defends Intolerable by Kamal Al-Solaylee


Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes is both a coming-out story and a memoir of an Arab family whose fortunes are waning. As Kamal Al-Solaylee trades intolerance for freedom, he witnesses his once-liberal family taking on the hard-line interpretations of Islam that have reshaped the Middle East and the modern world.

Kristin Kreuk received a People's Choice Award for Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress in January 2015 for her role as Detective Catherine Chandler in the CW TV drama, Beauty and The Beast. Born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Kreuk was cast in a starring role in the Canadian series Edgemont while in high school. She went on to play the title character in the television movie Snow White and the lead role of Lana Lang in the Superman-inspired television series Smallville.

Kamal Al-Solaylee, an associate professor at the School of Journalism at Ryerson University, was previously a theatre critic at The Globe and Mail. He has written features and reviews for numerous publications, including the Toronto Star, National Post, The Walrus, Xtra!, Quill & Quire, Elle Canada and Toronto Life.


Kristin Kreuk on why Intolerable should win Canada Reads:

"Every day now, we talk about radicalization, extremism, Islam. We talk about how the things we hold most dear in the West are under attack. It's human nature to want to give a face to that threat. Recently, #KillAllMuslims trended on Twitter. This is horrifying to me and indicates that we are tarring everyone with the same brush. This book breaks past the barriers of a monolithic Middle East and reveals a deeply personal account of a life lived in Lebanon, Yemen and Egypt, as well as the UK and Canada, a far more complicated and rich reality."

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