Souvankham Thammavongsa

Souvankham Thammavongsa is the author of How to Pronounce Knife
Souvankham Thammavongsa is the author of the short story collection How to Pronounce Knife. (Sarah Bodri)

Souvankham Thammavongsa is a writer and poet. Her debut short story collection How to Pronounce Knife won the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize. The title story was a finalist for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Her stories have won an O. Henry Award and appeared in Harper's Magazine, The Paris Review, The Atlantic and Granta. She is also the author of four poetry books: Light, winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry; Found; Small Arguments, winner of the ReLit Award; and, most recently, Cluster. 

Born in the Lao refugee camp in Nong Khai, Thailand, she was raised and educated in Toronto, where she is at work on her first novel. CBC Books named her a 2020 writer to watch.

Thammavongsa is a juror for the 2021 CBC Short Story Prize.

Books by Souvankham Thammavongsa

Interviews with Souvankham Thammavongsa

Fun, ferocious moments at centre of Giller Prize-winning book


4 months ago
Giller Prize winner Souvankham Thammavongsa says she wanted to have fun again while writing and that her short story collection is 'built out' from her many years of writing poetry.   9:15
Author Souvankham Thammavongsa on her collection of short stories 'How to Pronounce Knife.' This interview on Monday morning ahead of learning she made the shortlist for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize. 7:30
Souvankham Thammavongsa is a Toronto based author and poet. She was nominated for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller prize for "How to pronounce knife." We speak with her about what it is like to release a book during a pandemic. 13:37

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Our books columnist Jael Richardson is back with a new recommendation for something to read while in self-isolation. Her pick is Souvankham Thammavongsa’s collection of short stories, How to Pronounce Knife. 7:33

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