Ru in Granby

An Eastern Townships author has won Canada Reads! Kim Thúy’s poetic book Ru (originally written in French and translated into English by Sheila Fischman) won this year’s CBC Canada Reads: One Book To Break Barriers. The novel “traces a young woman’s journey from to her home in Saigon during the Vietnam War, to a crowded Malaysian refugee camp and then to Quebec, where she struggles to fit in.”

The book has certain true-life elements – Kim Thúy is an immigrant whose family settled in Granby when she was 10 years old. From a recent CBC profile: “She and her fellow Vietnamese refugees hadn’t been able to wash properly for months. They had skin infections and lice in their hair. But the people of Granby rushed to embrace them. ‘There was not one moment of hesitation to say, ‘Who are these people?’ or ‘Should we touch them or not?’,’ said Kim Thúy, as she has come to be known in her adopted homeland.

“‘And their eyes, the way they looked at us. I had never been that beautiful in my life. And I have never been as beautiful again.’”

Kim Thúy now lives in Montreal.

– March 27, 2015

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The Lennoxville Library, in Quebec's Eastern Townships, offers free memberships to all residents of Sherbrooke. We have a great selection of books in French and English, plus books on tape and CD, too! Check out our large-print section, our graphic novels... La Biblio Lennoxville se situe dans les Cantons-de-l'Est du Quebec. Les residents de Sherbrooke peuvent devenir membre gratuitement. Nous avons une grande selection de livres en francais et en anglais. Venez donc nous voir! Hours/Heures d'ouverture: Mardi-Tuesday, 10am to 5pm -- 10h a 17h Mercredi et Jeudi -Wednesday and Thursday, 10am to 6pm -- 10h a 18h Vendredi-Friday, 10am to 5pm -- 10h a 17h Samedi-Saturday, 11am to 4pm -- 11h a 16h Pour plus d'info, vous pouvez nous trouver au Click on the above to get to our website!
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