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Thammavongsa wins Canada’s $100k Giller Prize

In Canada, Souvankham Thammavongsa has won this year’s C$100,000 (A$106,150) Giller Prize for her short story collection How to Pronounce Knife (Bloomsbury).

Of Thammavongsa’s collection, the prize jury said: ‘How to Pronounce Knife is a stunning collection of stories that portray the immigrant experience in achingly beautiful prose. The emotional expanse chronicled in this collection is truly remarkable. These stories are vessels of hope, of hurt, of rejection, of loss and of finding one’s footing in a new and strange land.’

How to Pronounce Knife was chosen from a shortlist announced in October. Each shortlisted writer receives C$10,000 (A$10,615).

Now in its 27th year, the Giller Prize is Canada’s richest literary award and recognises the best Canadian fiction published in English. For more information about the prize and this year’s winner, visit the website.


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