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Media Release
February 25, 2016
Halifax, NS

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 Welcomes Renowned Canadian Author, Kim Thúy

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is delighted to be hosting award-winning author, Kim Thúy as part of their author reading series, Pier 21 Reads. On Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 7 p.m., come hear renowned author Kim Thúy speak on themes of immigration and Canadian identity. Bringing her unique story and world view, the audience will learn from her first-hand experience as she shares her story and reads excerpts from her novel, 2015 Canada Reads winner Ru.

A special Q & A and book signing will follow and the novel will be available for purchase at the Pier 21 Gift Shop.

Pier 21 Reads is a public reading and book signing by an acclaimed Canadian author at the Museum which encourages dialogue on themes of immigration and Canadian identity. This is a bilingual event.

Quick Facts

  • Kim Thúy was born in Vietnam and came to Canada as a refugee in 1978 at just 10 years old. After arriving in Canada, her family settled in Longueuil, Québec.
  • Her first novel, Ru, which is based on her experience, won the French language Governor General’s Award in 2010. The English translation was short-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2012 and won the Canada Reads title in 2015.


"We are thrilled to welcome author Kim Thúy to the Museum as part of our Pier 21 Reads series. Her remarkable immigration story, combined with her witty, warm, and engaging presence, and the appeal of her Canada Reads winning novel Ru make her an ideal fit for Pier 21 Reads. This event will be a wonderful opportunity for our community to hear Kim’s unique perspectives on immigration and identity in a literary context."

- Rebecca MacKenzie-Hopkins, Public Programs Manager

This event is open to media personnel. Please contact Stéphanie Comeau in advance to schedule interviews with the keynote speaker. Ms. Thúy is also available for media interviews prior to the event.

Media Contacts

Stéphanie Comeau
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
(902) 425-7770 ext. 264