Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Canada Reads Book Club: Wayson Choy

Three books down and two to go! Well, actually, we have read all five but feel that we should re-read Generation X and Fall On Your Knees after all these years so all can be fairly reviewed.

Loved, loved The Jade Peony! Kept turning the pages to keep reading the story -- after we had reached the end! Good thing we have All That Matters on order.

Read the first chapter online.

To pass on the love, we have some information on the novel's author Wayson Choy that we just know you want.

Brief Biography
Raised in Vancouver's Chinatown by both his adoptive parents and his extended community.
Attended the University of British Columbia (UBC) in the late 1950s to study creative writing.
Taught English at Toronto's Humber College in 1967-2004, where he was also a faculty member of the Humber School of Writers.
Inducted into the Order of Canada in 2006.

Honours and Awards
The Jade Peony
1996 - City of Vancouver Book Award
1996 - Trillium Book Award (shared with Margaret Atwood)

Paper Shadows: A Chinatown Childhood
1999 - Globe and Mail notable book of the year
2000 - Edna Staebler Creative Non-Fiction Awards
2000 - nominated for a Governor General's Award

All That Matters
2004 - Trillium Book Award
2005 - ScotiaBank Giller Prize Shortlist

Interviews and Articles
Asian Canadian Interview
Quill & Quire Profile

Canadian Literature
Curled Up
The New York Times

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