• James Parry

StoryFest 2015 opens October’s stellar literary line-up with Kim Thuy


Critically-acclaimed author Kim Thuy will open Greenwood’s StoryFest 2015 on Thursday, October 1 at 2 p.m. at Hudson’s Community Centre.

Last March, Greenwood’s StoryFest 2015 Committee was busy putting together all the details of their upcoming season presenting the crème-de-la-crème of Canada’s vibrant literary scene when the news came that the author who would feature as its opening event, Kim Thuy, had just won CBC’s prestigious Canada Reads competition.

Thuy’s exquisite novel of emigration, loss and new life, Ru, had captured the nation-wide event, a win that made StoryFest’s committee as excited as audiences will be next Thursday, October 1, when the Vietnamese-born Canadian novelist takes centre stage and opens Hudson’s very own literary festival for another year.

Born in Saigon in 1968, and displaced with her family as ‘boat people’ to a refugee camp in Malaysia and then Quebec in 1978, Thuy now lives in Longueuil. She was a lawyer and restaurant owner before writing her two multi-award winning novels.

Ru (Libre Expression, 2010) was Thuy’s first novel and won the Governor General's Award for French language fiction that year. The novel was also nominated for the 2012 Giller Prize and the 2013 Amazon.ca First Novel Award when, translated by the award-winning Sheila Fischman, it was released in English. Thuy then won the 2015 CBC Canada Reads competition for Ru. Her most recent novel is Man (Random House, 2014), also translated by Fischman, and another number one seller last winter.

Thuy will appear at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre in Hudson Thursday, October 1, at 2 p.m. as the opening event of StoryFest 2015, and will also make a special visit to Westwood Senior High School to address French students as part of the month-long literary festival.

This is the 14th year of StoryFest, a much-anticipated annual event on the calendar of the almost 300 year-old house and property that is now the Greenwood Centre for Living History.

Every year, the festival brings writers of great renown to Hudson and the line-up that follows Thuy’s opener is no exception. Poetry in Performance featuring three poets will be presented on Monday, October 5, at Hudson Village Theatre starting at 7:30 p.m. as will Ann-Marie MacDonald on Wednesday, October 7, also at 7:30 p.m. Other authors include Kathleen Winter (October 14), Lisa Moore (October 17), Lauren B. Davis’ Writers’ Workshop (October 18), Sean Michaels (October 20), Tomson Highway (October 22), and David Halton (October 27).

Kim Thuy’s event will include tea and gingerbread, and single tickets are almost sold out but you can still buy them online at www.greenwoodstoryfest.com or at Boutique Pure Art, 422 Main Road in Hudson. A few festival passes are still available and cost $95 for a total $150 value.