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ISF2021: Knives and Sugar – Avni Doshi with Souvankham Thammavongsa

July 10, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - July 17, 2021 @ 11:59 pm

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“Utterly compelling, complex, unflinching’”

– The Booker Prize Judges 2020 about Avni Doshi

‘This is one of the great short story collections of our time. Do not miss it’

– David Chariandy about Souvankham Thammavongsa 

Two of the most electrifying literary voices to emerge in recent times meet in this event featuring Souvankham Thammavongsa and Avni Doshi. 

When ‘How to Pronounce Knife’, Thammavongsa’s first collection of short stories was published, it captured readers and critics with its sly wit, and its ability to portray an array of people and worlds with incisive beauty. It went on to win the coveted 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize and established Thammavongsa as an essential voice in Canadian literature.

Avni Doshi’s debut novel ‘Burnt Sugar’ is another literary work that is as sharp as a blade. It opens with the words “I would be lying if I said my mother’s misery has never given me pleasure.”, and goes on to unfold memory, myth, jealousy, and deception in one of the most startling novels of the year. It was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and translated into 23 languages. 

The two writers – one joining from Toronto and the other from Dubai – meet for the first time on ISF’s virtual stage, in an intimate conversation hosted by writer and editor Anna Ling Kaye. 


Titles by Souvankham Thammavongsa and Avni Doshi are available via our friends and cultural partners at Upstart & Crow in their ISF2021 Gallery –  BUY/PRE-ORDER from Upstart & Crow Today!


Email Upstart & Crow at [email protected] to order any of these books, for a 10% discount reserved for Indian Summer Festival ticket holders who purchase before June 1.


*N.B. Video on Demand/Replay: We encourage you to join us for the Event Premiere for interactive live elements like chat. If you miss the Event Premiere, the replay will be available from 12 pm/noon Sunday, July 11th, 2021 for a one time watch per pass/ticket until midnight on July 17th, 2021


Artist lineup:

Souvankham Thammavongsa, Avni Doshi

Moderator: Anna Ling Kaye


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July 10, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
July 17, 2021 @ 11:59 pm
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