Meet the 2022 Writers

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1:00 pm ◦ Saturday ◦ August 13

Kamal Al-Solaylee

with Kathryn Gretsinger

Kamal Al-Solaylee is a skilled journalist and writer expertly blending fact, analysis, and personal story. His bestselling memoir, Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes, won the 2013 Toronto Book Award, while Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone) was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and won the Writers’ Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. His newest book, Return: Why We Go Back to Where We Come From, examines the yearning immigrants feel to return to their homeland, often a place of complicated circumstances eliciting conflicting emotions. Well-researched and including interviews with dozens of people who long to return, or have indeed returned, the power of this book comes from Al-Solaylee’s own experience as he visits his sisters in Egypt. CBC named Return one of the best nonfiction books of 2021. Kamal Al-Solaylee will be in conversation with his friend and colleague Kathryn Gretsinger.

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Kamal Al-Solaylee (photo credit Mark Raynes Roberts)
Kamal Al-Solaylee (photo credit Mark Raynes Roberts)