Hello from behind the veil! That’s right I’m back!! 4th year of university has hit me like a bag of bricks. I didn’t expect it either – my friends who graduated last year were like ‘oh it was so fun and casual’ but nope, I’ve had to read so many scientific papers that its been hard to read anything else. But I’m really trying hard to get back on track! And this upcoming week will be a good reading time I think – not only are my midterms over, but I’ve also been invited to a super cool event called Read for the Cure!
If you haven’t heard of Read for the Cure before, think about Run for the Cure but with books. It’s an annual literary event in support of cancer research put off by Penguin Random House Canada and other sponsors, and this is it’s first year in Montreal. The night features three incredible authors, copies of their books, a Q&A session and a book signing!! I am honestly so excited for this event, and it’s for an incredible cause.
What does the evening support exactly? Well, it’s in support of the Cancer Research Society. That means that the proceeds go directly to supporting cancer research, in the attempt to better understand, detect, and treat cancer. This is done through operating grants, scholarships and other initiatives. One of their researchers is actually based in Montreal, Jose Teodoro of McGill University!
So who’s going to be there? The Montreal event features three amazing authors – Lisa Gabriele, Elizabeth Hay and Kim Thúy. I’m so excited to get to know these author’s works, and their featured books look incredible. I’m going to include their bios down below, please take a look!
I’m honestly pumped for this event, and if you have the means please consider attending this event. Its for an amazing cause, you get books, and a lovely night surrounded by book enthusiasts! There are also Read for the Cure events happening all over the country, so you can attend in other cities as well.
Here’s the link for the website!
I’ll be back later this week with a review of a NETFLIX show which I’m sure you’ve been hearing about – The Haunting of Hill House! Happy (almost) Halloween ducks!
LISA GABRIELE is the author of several bestselling novels. Her writing has appeared in Glamour Vice, Elle, the New York Times Magazine and Salon as well as various anthologies, including The Best American Nonrequired Reading series. An award-winning T.V. producer, she has lived in Washington D.C. and New York City, and now lives in Toronto.
ELIZABETH HAY’s novel, Late Nights on Air, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and has been an enormous national bestseller. Her other works include A Student of Weather (finalist for The Giller Prize and the Ottawa Book Award), Garbo Laughs (winner of the Ottawa Book Award and a finalist for the Governor General’s Award) and Small Change (stories). In 2002, she received the prestigious Marian Engel Award. Elizabeth Hay lives in Ottawa.
KIM THÚY, was born in Saigon in 1968, she left Vietnam with the boat people at the age of ten and settled with her family in Quebec. A graduate in translation and law, she has worked as a seamstress, interpreter, lawyer, restaurant owner, and commentator on radio and television. She lives in Montreal and devotes herself to writing. Her debut novel Ru, which came out in its original French in 2009, won the Governor General’s Award for French language fiction the next year and its English translation was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2012. Discover her new novel newly translated in english Vi, exploring the lives, loves and struggles of Vietnamese refugees as they reinvent themselves in new lands.