Kim Thúy

Kim Thúy is a Vietnamese-Canadian writer. She won a Governor General's Literary Award in 2010.
Kim Thúy is a Vietnamese-Canadian writer. (Penguin Random House/Benoit Levac)

Kim Thúy is a Montreal-based award-winning novelist and short story writer. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, she and her family were among thousands who fled the country on boat after the fall of Saigon. They later settled in Quebec.

Thúy's acclaimed first novel, Ru, won the Governor General's Literary Award for French-language fiction and was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2002. It also won Canada Reads 2015, when it was championed by Cameron Bailey. She also authored the novels Vi and Man.

Vi was on the longlist for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Books by Kim Thúy

Interviews with Kim Thúy

Kim Thuy's bestselling novel debut Ru

11 years ago
Duration 5:14
Ru is the poetic, autobiographical novel debut of Saigon-born, Montreal-based writer Kim Thuy. She talks to CBC about being a Vietnamese refugee arriving in Canada, taking on life's challenges and why her novel has sparked controversy in her homeland.

Author Kim Thúy on Canadian pride

7 years ago
Duration 2:34
Canada Reads-winning author Kim Thuy's speaks about the contrast between Canada and Vietnam.

Giller nominee Kim Thuy, author of Ru

10 years ago
Duration 5:55
Author Kim Thuy talks to CBC about her Giller-shortlisted book Ru, a memoir told in poetic vignettes that weave between her escape from Vietnam to her time in a Malaysian refugee camp to her new life in Canada.
Governor-General's Award winner Kim Thuy is at the "Correspondances Eastman" in Quebec. It's a festival dedicated to the art of letter writing. Kim Thuy spoke about her own pen-pal experience at how it affected her career and her life.
Kim Thuy, the author of "Vi," on her favourite characters in fiction, her greatest fear, and more.


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