M. G. Vassanji will be giving a lecture, followed by reception and book signing, at the Univeristy of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on October 15, 2012. This is a free event that is open to the general public and academic community.
COMPARATIVE LITERATURE PROGRAM
OFFICE OF INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
HISTORY, MAGIC AND POETRY: IMAGINING A TRANSNATIONAL ODYSSEY
M. G. VASSANJI
MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, 7 P.M.
ROOM 150, TELUS CENTRE, 111 ST AND 87 AVENUE
DOORS OPEN AT 6:40 P.M.
A reception and book signing to follow the lecture.
All are welcome to attend this free event. No RSVP required.
M. G. Vassanji is the author of seven novels, two collections of short stories, a travel memoir about India, a biography of Mordecai Richler. He is the winner of Giller Prize (1994, 2003) for best novel in Canada; the Governor General's Prize (2009) for best work of nonfiction; the Harbourfront Festival Prize; the Commonwealth First Book Prize; and the Bressani Prize.
His new novel, The Magic of Saida, tells the haunting story of Kamal, a suc-cessful Canadian doctor who, in middle age and after decades in North America, decides to return to his homeland of East Africa to find his child-hood sweetheart, Saida. Kamal's journey is motivated by a combination of guilt, hope, and the desire to unravel the mysteries of his childhood--mysteries compounded by the fact that Kamal is the son of an absent Indi-an father from a well-to-do family and a Swahili African mother of slave an-cestry. This complex, revelatory, sweeping and shocking book, is a towering testament to the magical literary powers of M.G. Vassanji.
For further information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Asma Sayed, Ph.D.
Comparative Literature Program
Office of Interdisciplinary Studies
1-24 Humanities Bldg.
University of Alberta
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