“Ru is a lyrical, poetic and non-linear collection of vignettes, written from the twin viewpoints of the narrator as a ten-year-old and as an adult. A word or an idea from the end of each vignette sparks the beginning of the next in a meditative flow, and this is also the way Kim Thúy spoke to her attentive audience. She began the evening in a roundabout meander from topic to topic, and I wondered where she was taking us. A small person with a big presence, she spoke with lavish gestures and facial expressions, throwing her whole being into her bilingual presentation.”
My literary essay An Evening with Kim Thúy appears in issue 15 (May-Aug. 2013) of the Maple Tree Literary Supplement. Many thanks to Amatoritsero Ede, founder and managing editor of MTLS, for taking in the piece. Kudos, too, to Ama for earning his PhD this spring as one of Carleton University’s first two PhD English graduates.
I’m hoping to get a chance to read “His dissertation (which) looks at the intersection of colonialism with the production, distribution, and canonization of African writings, and in particular Nigerian texts.” (Valerie Kong)
MTLS is a quarterly Ezine with 90% Canadian and 10% international content. Unlike a number of well-known literary journals, MTLS encourages diversity and includes all genres of writing from all viewpoints and voices. Flash, poetry, author interviews, film, visual arts, literary photography…it’s all in there.
It is a pleasure to be published in MTLS for the third time and to have guest-edited a past issue.
Links to my other contributions to the journal are available on my publications page.