Kim Thúy

Born in Saigon in 1968, Kim Thúy left Vietnam with the boat people at the age of 10 and settled with her family in Quebec. A graduate in translation and law, she has worked as a seamstress, interpreter, lawyer, restaurant owner and food commentator on radio and television. She lives in Montreal and devotes herself to writing.

In 2013, Kim Thúy was awarded the Paul-Gérin-Lajoie Award for Diversity by the organization ENSEMBLE for the respect of diversity.

Kim Thúy has been appointed a Knight of the Ordre national du Québec.

In 2017, she was awarded an honorary doctorate by Concordia University, for giving eloquent voice to the refugee experience, and the Medal of Honour of the National Assembly of Québec.

Kim Thúy has acted as a spokesperson for the Petit Robert dictionary since 2016 and will be honoured with her own entry in the 2018 Robert illustré illustrated edition.

September 2018 Women’s Foundation of Montreal gave to Kim Thúy the Women of Distinction Award.


Ru published by Libre Expression

À toi published by Libre Expression, Co-written with Pascal Janovjak

mãn published by Libre Expression

Vi published by Libre Expression

L’Autisme expliqué aux non-autistes by Brigitte Harrisson and Lise St-Charles, with the collaboration of Kim Thúy, published by Trécarré

Le Secret des Vietnamiennes published by Trécarré


2018 Finalist – The New Academy Prize in Literature (The Alternative Nobel)

2015 Winner – Canada Reads

2014 Winner – Prix Littéraire des Ambassadeurs de la Francophonie (Denmark)

2011 Winner – Mondello Prize for Multiculturalism (Italy)

2011 Winner – Grand Prix littéraire Archambault – people’s choice award

2010 Winner – Prix du Grand public, Salon du livre de Montréal 2010 Winner – Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction (Canada)

2010 Winner – Grand Prix RTL-Lire, Salon du livre de Paris (France)

2012 Finalist – Scotiabank Giller Prize (Canada)

2012 Finalist – Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation 2010 Finalist – Prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie (international)

2010 Finalist – Prix Première (Belgium)

2010 Finalist – Prix Ouest-France Étonnants Voyageurs (France) 2010 Finalist – Discovery Grant, Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco 2014 Longlisted – International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2012 Longlisted – Man Asian Literary Prize

2012 Nominated – First Novel Award