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17. October 2020

“We contain multitudes”

Bookfest digital, Frankfurt Bookfair

The idea that we as individuals create and inhabit different identities is widely accepted these days. But how do these various identities affect a writer’s work, shape their readers’ responses and determine their position in the literary community? Does one identity inevitably become more predominant?


ESI EDUGYAN ist die Autorin der Romane The Second Life of Samuel Tyne, Half-Blood Blues, and Washington Black. Half-Blood Blues gewann den Scotiabank Giller Prize, war Finalist für den Man Booker Prize, den Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, den Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize und den Orange Prize for Fiction. Ihr neuester Roman, Washington Black, gewann ebenfalls den Scotiabank Giller Prize und war Finalist für den Man Booker Prize, den Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize und die Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence. Sie lebt in Victoria, British Columbia.

Kim Thúy was born in Vietnam in 1968. At the age of 10 she left Vietnam along with a wave of refugees commonly referred to in the media as “the boat people” and settled with her family in Quebec, Canada. A graduate in translation and law, she has worked as a seamstress, interpreter, lawyer, restaurant owner and food columnist for radio and television. She lives in Montreal and devotes her life to writing. Kim Thúy has received many awards, including the Governor General’s Literary Award in 2010, and was one of the top 4 finalists of the Alternative Nobel Prize in 2018. Her books have sold more than 730,000 copies around the world and have been translated into 29 languages and distributed across 39 countries and territories.

Catherine Hernandez is a Queer Brown author, and screenwriter. She is of Filipino, Spanish, Chinese and Indian heritage and married into the Navajo Nation. Her first novel, Scarborough, won the Jim Wong-Chu Award, was shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award, Trillium Book Award and longlisted for Canada Reads. It was adapted into a motion picture by Compy Films, Telefilm Canada and Reel Asian Film Festival. Her latest novel, Crosshairs, was published this year by HarperCollins Canada, Atria Books in the US and Jacaranda Books in the UK.