Event: In Conversation with M. G. Vassanji
Date: Sunday, March 29th, 2015
Time: 1:30 pm
Venue: Ismaili Center Toronto (49 Wynford Drive, Toronto, ON)
Registerr for the event at: http://iicanada.org/ontario/forms/conversation-m-g-vassanji
His Highness Prince Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili Council for Canada extends an invitation to you to attend an afternoon with the two-time Giller Prize winner: M.G. Vassanji as he discusses his latest novel “And Home Was Kariakoo: A Memoir of East Africa”.M.G. Vassanji is the author of seven novels, two collections of short stories, a travel memoir about India, a memoir of East Africa, and a biography of Mordecai Richler. He is twice winner of the Giller Prize (1994, 2003) for best work of fiction in Canada; the Governor General’s Prize (2009) for best work of nonfiction; the Harbourfront Festival Prize; the Commonwealth First Book Prize (Africa, 1990); and the Bressani Prize. “The Assassin’s Song” was also shortlisted for the Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Prize, the Writers Trust Award, and India’s Crossword Prize. His work has been translated into Dutch, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Latvian, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish, and Swahili. Vassanji has given lectures worldwide and written many essays, including introductions to the works of Robertson Davies, Anita Desai, and Mordecai Richler, and the autobiography of Mahatma Gandhi.
M.G. Vassanji was born in Nairobi, Kenya and raised in Tanzania. He received a BS from the Massachussetts Institute of Technology and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, before going to live in Canada. He is a member of the Order of Canada and has been awarded several honorary doctorates. He lives in Toronto, and visits East Africa and India often.
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