One eRead Canada
One eRead Canada is a national, bilingual digital book club connecting readers to one another and to their libraries. This year’s pick is Kim Thúy’s celebrated novel, Vi. Join us January 1-31!
The selection for the One eRead Canada first bilingual book club is Vi by Kim Thúy, published by Penguin Random House Canada in English and Libre Expression in French. This masterful book about the lives and experiences of Vietnamese refugees in Canada was a finalist for the 2019 Governor General’s Literary Award in translation and longlisted for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
“Thúy is known for her short and elegant stories about being a refugee and immigrant, and the challenges of adapting to a new culture. In her novels, we experience Vietnam’s colours and tastes, the difficulties of exile but also riches, and a search for identity that we can all recognize ourselves in.” – The New Academy jury citation
“Kim Thúy’s novels are as compact as her tiny titles might suggest… but their poetic contents punch well above their weight in terms of story and raw emotional heft.” – Becky Toyne, The Globe and Mail
Read or listen to Vi and join in the conversation through the One eRead Canada Facebook group, livestreamed events, and much more! One eRead Canada wants to bring the country together through the shared experience of exploring one title, while promoting great Canadian authors and books.
- For the audiobook in English, please click here
- For the French audiobook, please click here.
- For the eBook in English, please click here.
- For the French eBook, please click here.
Online Author Events
Kim Thúy will be doing two events via Facebook Live on the One eRead Canada Facebook group. Save the dates of January 19 (in English) and January 20 (in French).
As we get closer to our live event with the author, we want to know: what question do you have for her? What would you like her to answer next week? Leave us your question in the comments of our social media posts for a chance of winning your own copy of Vi! Those who submit a question for the live event will automatically be entered in a random draw to be one of the lucky winners. Since this is a national event, questions submitted in advance are also more likely to be answered. Winners will be contacted at the end of the month.
In the meantime, you can join the conversation today in the One eRead Canada Facebook group.
This discussion guide includes information about the author, her books and thought provoking discussion questions. Thank you to Laval Public Library, Longueuil Public Library and Amnesty International Book Club for providing such a rich resource.