An Evening of Art and Literature with Camilla Gibb
The East Gallery is thrilled that acclaimed author Camilla Gibb, whose new novel ‘The Beauty of Humanity Movement’ takes place in modern-day Hanoi, will read from her book at our exhibition of contemporary art from Vietnam.
Time: Monday, June 6th, 2011, 6.30 pm
Location: Arta Gallery, Distillery District, 55 Mill Street, Bldg. 9, Toronto
About the ‘ Beauty of Humanity Movement':
This deeply observed novel of contemporary Vietnam interweaves stories of a venerable soup seller, a young Vietnamese American curator, and an enterprising tour guide in ways that will mark all of their lives forever.
Maggie, an art curator who is Vietnamese by birth but who has lived most of her life in the United States, has returned to her country of origin in search of clues to her dissident father’s disappearance. She remembers him only in fragments, as an injured artist from whom she and her mother were separated during the war. In her journey, Maggie finds herself at a makeshift pho stall, where the rich aroma of beef noodle soup lures people off Hanoi’s busy streets and into a quiet morning ritual.
Old Man Hung, the enlightened proprietor of the beloved pho stall, has survived decades of poverty and political upheaval. Hung once had a shop that served as a meeting place for dissident artists. As Maggie discovers, this old man may hold the key to both her past and her future.
About the Author:
Camilla Gibb was born in London, England, and has a Ph.D. in social anthropology from Oxford University. Sweetness in the Belly was an international bestseller that garnered critical acclaim around the world. Her novels, including Mouthing the Words and The Petty Details of So-and-So’s Life, have been translated into fourteen languages. Camilla Gibb lives in Toronto.