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“There’s something extraordinary about how [the al Rabeeah family] normalized everything…and moved on. And that’s part of the incredible grace and strength of this family, and what I’m so inspired by: their resilience.” —Winnie Yeung
In “Book Talk on Read Alberta,” Ken Davis chats with Winnie Yeung who is the co-author, with Abu Bakr al Rabeeah, of Homes: A Refugee Story (Freehand Books).
Homes is the remarkable true story of how a young boy emerged from a war zone with a passion for sharing his story and telling the world what is truly happening in Syria. As told to her by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah, writer Winnie Yeung has crafted a heartbreaking, hopeful, and urgently necessary book that provides a window into understanding Syria.
This book was the audience choice winner of Canada Reads in 2019. It was also a finalist for the 2018 Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction and the Shaugnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. Renegade Arts and Entertainment is publishing a graphic novel adaption of this book with illustrator Nicole Wolf.
Ken Davis has been a lumberjack , a forest firefighter, a Zamboni driver, a broadcast journalist and documentary producer, a talk show host, a broadcasting executive, a record label manager, and a marketing wizard in book publishing and theatre. He currently serves as a digital marketing consultant for a Canadian publishing company.
Winnie Yeung has been an English teacher for over ten years. Homes is her first book and received extensive critical acclaim. It was shortlisted for the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction and the 2019 Writers’ Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing. Homes was also a finalist on CBC’s Canada Reads 2019. When she is not teaching, writing, or reading, Winnie likes to spend her days cooking, baking, and playing with her black pug, Zoe. Edmonton, Canada is her permanent home, but her writing retreat/tiny home (named, The Mini Winnie, of course) is on Vancouver Island.