Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by Richmond Public Library as part of the “The Joy Of Reading: Chinese Literature Appreciation” lecture series. This talk focuses on living and writing between two cultures, Chinese and Canadian. Racial hybridity has informed most of Professor Wah’s writing and that of many Chinese-Canadian writers. Wah will read and discuss his own book Diamond Grill (about growing up in a small town Chinese-Canadian restaurant), as well as writings by poets Rita Wong, Larissa Lai, Weyman Chan, and others. He will situate this writing within the recent historical context in North America of “writing through race.” Presented by Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate, Professor Emeritus Fred Wah.

Biography

Canadian Parlimentary Poet Laureate and Emeritus Professor Fred Wah has been writing poetry for over 50 years. Among his list of impressive achievements, Wah has been the recipient of the Governor General’s Award (Waiting in Saskatchewan), Alberta’s Stephanson Award (So Far), the Dorothy Livesay prize for poetry (is a door), Alberta’s Howard O’Hagan Award for short fiction (Diamond Grill), and the Gabrielle Roy Prize for Literary Criticism in English Canada (Faking it: Poetics and Hybridity).


Select Books Available at UBC Library

Wah, Fred. (2009). is a door. Vancouver, BC: Talonbooks. Link: http://resolve.library.ubc.ca/cgi-bin/catsearch?bid=4016119

Wah, Fred. (2008). Sentenced to Light. Vancouver, BC: Talonbooks. Link: http://resolve.library.ubc.ca/cgi-bin/catsearch?bid=3852529

Wah, Fred. (2006). Diamond Grill. Edmonton, AB: NeWest. Link: http://resolve.library.ubc.ca/cgi-bin/catsearch?bid=3671646


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