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David Bezmozgis
Immigrant City
Wednesday Oct. 16 | 7 PM | Forsyth Hall
Award-winning author David Bezmozgis’s first story collection in more than a decade, Immigrant City: Stories has been hailed by the Toronto Star as “intelligent, funny, unfailingly sympathetic,” offering us glimpses into the immigrant experience through generous and compelling snapshots of people living in the spaces between the past and the present, between their former homes and their new ones. Bezmozgis will be in conversation with Marcello Di Cintio.

STARFest Facts
David Bezmozgis is an award-winning writer and filmmaker and the Director of the Humber School for Writers in Toronto. He is the author of Natasha and Other Stories, The Free World, The Betrayers, and Immigrant City: Stories. He has been twice nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General's Literary Award and was the winner of the Toronto Book Award.

Immigrant City showcases a cast of unforgettable Jewish immigrants struggling with the claims of the past: a father and daughter stumble into a bizarre version of his immigrant childhood; a writer travels to a mysterious tech conference in Montreal, where he discovers new designs on the past; a father’s concern about his son’s phobias evokes a shameful incident from his own adolescence; a man leaves Russia to pursue a boxing career only to find himself working as a doorman in a garish Toronto nightclub. These deeply felt, slyly humorous stories present immigrant characters with all their contradictions and complexities, their earnest and divided hearts.
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Marcello Di Cintio studied Microbiology and English at the University of Calgary. His book, Walls; Travels Along the Barricades won the 2013 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, and his latest book, Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Palestine in the Present Tense won the W.O. Mitchell City of Calgary Book Prize. He lives in Calgary with his wife and son.