MacEwan University’s Book of the Year for 2021/22 is How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa.

Over the course of the 2021/22 academic year, many students at MacEwan University will be reading and studying Souvankham Thammavongsa's Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning How to Pronounce Knife. This year's events will be reframed to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions, but will include many opportunities for students to engage with the author, including through virtual classroom visits.

About the Book of the Year

Since its inception in 1997, the Book of the Year program has been guided by a committee of faculty, staff and students.

Each year, a work of contemporary Canadian literature is chosen by the committee from nominations by the university community. The committee bases its selection on the book’s appeal and its potential to generate interest and discussion at MacEwan University.

In addition to the book being taught in classes across the university, an exciting tradition of this program is the on-campus visit of the book’s author to discuss the book with students, staff and faculty. Activities held during the author’s visit include readings, workshops, Wall of Fame reception, and a student contest.