Kamal Al-Solaylee, an associate professor at the School of Journalism at Ryerson University, was previously a distinguished writer at Canada's national newspaper the Globe and Mail. Al-Solaylee also worked at Report on Business magazine and has written features and reviews for the Toronto Star, National Post, The Walrus, Toronto Life, Chatelaine, eye weekly, the Literary Review of Canada and Elle Canada. Al-Solaylee's bestselling memoir Intolerable was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Nonfiction Prize, the Lambda Literary Award and won the Toronto Book Award. His second book, Brown, was shortlisted for the 2016 Governor General's Literary Award and won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for political writing.
Intolerable was a contender on Canada Reads 2015, when it was defended by Kristin Kreuk.
Books by Kamal Al-Solaylee
Interviews with Kamal Al-Solaylee
Kamal Al-Solaylee and his siblings were born into a world of rapid change, their mother a shepherdess, their father a businessman. His was a life of privilege in Yemen cut short of confronting his homosexuality even as an older brother embraced strict Islamic values and sisters donned the hijab. Today, we bring you the story of one's family's journey ... one that mirrors the changes and challenges of a wider middle east. 24:00 Journalism professor Kamal al-Solaylee says media and politicians have hijacked the arrival of Syrian refugees to tell a feel-good story about Canada. 10:35 Author Kamal Al-Solaylee travelled to 10 countries to capture the experience of being brown. He concluded that a brown racial identity has been shaped by the cheap labour movement. His new book explores what being brown in today's world means to everyone. 24:40 When Kamal Al-Solaylee was nine, he began to take notice of the colour of his skin. And these experiences shaped his new book, 'Brown,' which explores the nuances of skin colour. 14:31