A conversation with author Kim Thúy

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03/06/2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul

Mois de la Francophonie March 2018, a celebration of Vietnam.

We are delighted to welcome Vietnamese author Kim Thúy as part of our Mois de la Francophonie celebration of Vietnam and relish the opportunity to have her share her experiences with all of us as we celebrate Vietnamese history and culture at the Alliance.

Kim Thúy will read select passages, speak about her book Ru and her trajectory, followed by a Q&A session with the audience. (The presentation will be in French).

Admission: $10 for AF members and $20 for general public. RSVP is required.

Please RSVP HERE or call our office at 612 332 0436. Refreshments will be provided.

Prior to the event, pick up a copy of Ru (winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award Winner of the Grand Prix RTL-LireShortlisted for the Prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie
Longlisted for Canada Reads 2015) at the new AFMSP Corner Bookstore.

Special Merci to our partners, the Consulate General of Canada in Minneapolis and the Québec Government Office in Chicago.


At ten years old, Kim Thúy fled Vietnam on a boat with her family, leaving behind a grand house and the many less tangible riches of their home country: the ponds of lotus blossoms, the songs of soup-vendors. The family arrived in Quebec, where they found clothes at the flea market, and mattresses with actual fleas. Kim learned French and English, and as she grew older, seized what opportunities an immigrant could; she put herself through school picking vegetables and sewing clothes, worked as a lawyer and interpreter, and later as a restaurateur. She was married and a mother when the urge to write struck her, and she found herself scribbling words at every opportunity – pulling out her notebook at stoplights and missing the change to green. The story emerging was one of a Vietnamese émigré on a boat to an unknown future: her own story fictionalized and crafted into a stunning novel.

The novel’s title, Ru, has meaning in both Kim’s native and adoptive languages: in Vietnamese, ru is a lullaby; in French, a stream. And it provides the perfect name for this slim yet potent novel. With prose that soothes and sings, Ru weaves through time, flows and transports: a river of sensuous memories gathering power. It’s a classic immigrant story told in a breathtaking new way.



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