Fonds MsC-56 - Wayson Choy fonds

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Wayson Choy fonds

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  • 1963, 1979, 1995-1997 (Creation)
    Choy, Wayson

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6.5 cm of textual records and other material

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Wayson Choy (April 20, 1939 - April 28, 2019) was a Canadian writer. Choy was born in Vancouver, B.C. in 1939 and grew up in the city's Chinatown. He attended the University of British Columbia, where he studied creative writing, then moved to Toronto in 1962 and taught at Humber College from 1967 to 2004. He taught at the Humber School for Writers. He was president of Cahoots Theatre Company of Toronto from 1999 to 2002. Choy is the author of the novel The Jade Peony (1995) which won the Trillium Book Award and the City of Vancouver Book Award. He also wrote the memoir Paper Shadows: A Chinatown Childhood (1999), which won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction and was nominated for a Governor General's Award. Choy's 2004 novel, All That Matters , was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. In 2005, he was named a member of the Order of Canada.

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Donated by UBC English emeritus professor Dr. Jan de Bruyn ca. 2001.

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The fonds consists of correspondence; news clippings, photographs, inscribed copy of Choy's novel The Jade Peony.

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Created May 20, 2014, LZ

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  • English

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