Join authors Nay Phone Latt, Ma Thida and Khin Mya Zin as they discuss the state of literature in Myanmar. Karen Connelly hosts. This conversation is made possible by the support of PEN Canada.
This event is part of Found in Translation, a yearly Festival focus on the art of literary translation with the goal of increasing Canadian awareness of international talent.
Karen Connelly is the author of nine books of non-fiction, fiction and poetry, the most recent being The Lizard Cage, which the New York Times Book Review compared to the works of Solzhenitsyn, Mandela and Orwell. It was nominated for the Kiriyama Prize and won Britain's Orange Broadband Prize for New Writers. Raised in Calgary, Connelly has lived for extended periods of time in different parts of Asia and Europe and now has two homes, one in Toronto and one in Greece.
Nay Phone Latt, a blogger and activist, is Secretary of the PEN Myanmar Centre. In 2007, his blog provided coverage of the Buddhist monk-led protests, which local media were forbidden to report. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his reporting but was released in 2012 as part of a mass political pardon. In 2010, he received the PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award.
Dr. Ma Thida, a surgeon, human rights activist and writer, is President of the newly formed PEN Myanmar Centre. In October 1993, she was sentenced to 20 years in prison for her writings in support of Aung San Suu Kyi. In 1996, she was released following political pressure from organizations including PEN International. That same year. she was the recipient of the PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award.
Khin Mya Zin is a short story writer. In 2012, her short story collection Clouds in the Sky and Other Stories won the Myanmar National Literary Award.