Kim Thúy

Kim Thúy, CQ, writer (born 18 September 1968 in Saigon, Vietnam). The winner of several prestigious literary awards for her first novel, Ru, this Quebec writer of Vietnamese origin is known for her short and elegant stories. Her novels deal with the migrant experience and the challenges of adapting to a new culture. Written in French, which Thúy calls her “second mother tongue,” they have been translated into 15 languages.
Kim Thúy, CQ, writer (born 18 September 1968 in Saigon, Vietnam). The winner of several prestigious literary awards for her first novel, Ru, this Quebec writer of Vietnamese origin is known for her short and elegant stories. Her novels deal with the migrant experience and the challenges of adapting to a new culture. Written in French, which Thúy calls her “second mother tongue,” they have been translated into 15 languages.


Kim Thúay

À toi and Mãn

In 2011, Thúy and Pascal Janovjak published a series of letters they had exchanged. À toi (“To You”) was the fruit of a literary love affair between the Vietnamese-Canadian writer and French-Slovakian-Swiss author. Thúy then published the fictionalMãn (Libre Expression, 2013) about a Vietnamese woman who arrived in Quebec as an adult, her mother having married her off to a Vietnamese restaurateur who had already settled there. In November 2013, Thúy was the guest of honour at the MontrealSalon du livre and in February 2014, she became the honorary chairperson of the Outaouais Salon du livre.

Vi and Le secret des Vietnamiennes

In 2016, Thúy completed a new novel inspired by her family history. Vi (Libre Expression) tells the story of a mother’s flight from Saigon with her four children. The novel touches upon the migratory experience, culture shock, and the loss ofthe country left behind. In August 2016, Thúy took over from storyteller Fred Pellerin as the Quebec representative for Le Robert dictionaries (Le Petit Robert,among others). In 2017, writing as the parent of an autistic child, she was a contributor to the book L’Autisme expliqué aux non-autistes (“Autism Explained to Non-Autistic Persons”) (Trécarré) by Brigitte Harrisson and Lise St-Charles.

Kim Thúay

In October 2017, Thúy wrote Le secret des Vietnamiennes (“Vietnamese Women’s Secret”) (Éditions du Trécarré), a cookbook containing recipes from Vietnam that have been handed down from mother to daughter.

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