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Wayson  Choy - SPEAKEASY || The Jade Peony

Wayson Choy - SPEAKEASY || The Jade Peony

February 2010

As a contender for the annual literary throw-down Canada Reads, Wayson Choy's The Jade Peony is the second oldest book on the list. First published in 1995, this novel set in Vancouver's Chinatown during the 1930s and '40s had become a true Canadian classic. The debaters will battle it out on air from March 8 to 12, 2010 to see which book truly is Canada's pick, but as John Burns helps to show us in this podcast, Wayson and The Jade Peony will easily find their way into the hearts and imaginations of Canadians everywhere. Delving into the history of writing this famous first book, exploring the emotions around Wayson's two very serious brushes with death, and underscoring the importance Wayson puts on family, despite his unconventional definition of who those people might be, this episode of Speakeasy is a lovely and intimate conversation between a gracious and trail-blazing writer and a sincere admirer. Have a listen.

Music heard throughout Wayson's readings is by the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble.

D&M Speakeasy (006), Feb 4, 2010
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