Silmy Abdullah

Author Silmy Abdullah: a fluid sense of belonging

Author, lawyer and social justice advocate, Silmy Abdullah’s debut collection of short stories, Home of The Floating Lily, an intimate portrait of Bangladeshi Canadian immigrants, is about the meaning of home. “I have multiple homes and no home at all at the same time!” she tells NCM’s Baisakhi Roy.

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Tongues: On Longing and Belonging Through Language — An Excerpt

On this first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation (Sept. 30), we carry a book excerpt that speaks to the experience of ‘othering’ and how the writer is learning to cope in a milieu that feels alien and home at the same time.

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Four Immigrant Canadian Writers Longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize

The Scotiabank Giller Prize shines a light on the best of Canadian literature, promoting the works of both emerging and established authors. A testament to the increasing contribution of immigrant voices to Canadian literature, the award’s 2021 longlist includes the novels of four immigrant writers.

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Victory Colony, 1950 Gives a Voice to Forgotten Refugees

A novel steeped in history and a deep sense of place, Victory Colony, 1950 is a story about resilience and self-empowerment, two qualities needed for survival when faced with unspeakable tragedy, but also ultimately about the East Bengali refugees’ inexhaustible generosity, solidarity, and dignity.

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farzana doctor

Author Farzana Doctor On Trauma, Belonging and Female Genital Mutilation

Farzana Doctor, author of “Seven,” makes sure that the characters in her stories are psychologically informed. “There is so much misinformation out there about how people experience and remember trauma. I want to dispel that,” she tells NCM’s Baisakhi Roy.

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