EMWF Book Club: Swimming Back to Trout River


Thursday June 24, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. EST (online)
Book Club: Swimming Back to Trout River by Linda Rui Feng

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Author: Linda Rui Feng, Swimming Back to Trout River
Ann Yu-Kyung Choi

“Linda Rui Feng’s Swimming Back to Trout River is a beautifully written, poignant exploration of family, art, culture, immigration, and most of all, love.  I was swept away by Feng’s fierce intelligence and keen insight even as her characters captured my heart with their tender hopes and bold actions.”
- Jean Kwok, author or Searching for Sylvia Lee and Girl In Translation

EMWF’s June Book Club pick, Swimming Back to Trout River, is a startling debut novel that we’re sure will become one of your favourite new books. Grab a copy from your local library or independent bookstore and enjoy conversation with fellow readers in the lead up to our main event: a live discussion between Linda Rui Feng, and Ann Yu-Kyung Choi.

This event includes closed captioning.

Pre-Event Book Club discussion with Guelph Public Library

Date and time: Wednesday June 9, 7 p.m. EST (online)

Connect with fellow book lovers online to discuss Linda Rui Feng’s debut novel, Swimming Back to Trout River. We’ll explore the book’s themes, characters, and more in anticipation of a live event with the author, hosted by the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival on June 24. Register here.

Need the book? Buy from one of our bookselling partners or your local independent bookstore:

Guelph: The Bookshelf is our Guelph bookselling partner for this event. Purchase online at bookshelf.ca or call 519-821-3311 x1 for curbside pickup, free local delivery or Canada-wide shipping.

Toronto: Another Story Bookshop is our Toronto bookselling partner for this event. Purchase online at anotherstory.ca or call 416-462-1104 for curbside pickup, local delivery or Canada-wide shipping.

Durham and York Regions:  Blue Heron Books is our bookselling partner.  Purchase online at blueheronbooks.com or call 905-852-4282 for curbside pickup, local delivery, or Canada-wide shipping.

Swimming Back to Trout River
By Linda Rui Feng
Published by Simon & Schuster Canada

A lyrical novel set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution that follows a father’s quest to reunite his family before his precocious daughter’s momentous birthday, which Garth Greenwell calls “one of the most beautiful debuts I’ve read in years.”

In the summer of 1986 in a small Chinese village, ten-year-old Junie receives a momentous letter from her parents, who had left for America years ago: her father promises to return home and collect her by her twelfth birthday. But Junie’s growing determination to stay put in the idyllic countryside with her beloved grandparents threatens to derail her family’s shared future.

What Junie doesn’t know is that her parents, Momo and Cassia, are newly estranged from one another in their adopted country, each holding close private tragedies and histories from the tumultuous years of their youth during China’s Cultural Revolution. While Momo grapples anew with his deferred musical ambitions and dreams for Junie’s future in America, Cassia finally begins to wrestle with a shocking act of brutality from years ago. In order for Momo to fulfill his promise, he must make one last desperate attempt to reunite all three members of the family before Junie’s birthday—even if it means bringing painful family secrets to light.

Born in Shanghai, Linda Rui Feng has lived in San Francisco, New York, and Toronto. She is a graduate of Harvard and Columbia Universities and is currently a professor of Chinese cultural history at the University of Toronto. She has been twice awarded a MacDowell Fellowship for her fiction, and her prose and poetry have appeared in journals such as The FiddleheadKenyon Review OnlineSanta Monica Review, and Washington Square ReviewSwimming Back to Trout River is her first novel.
Originally from South Korea, Ann Yu-Kyung Choi immigrated to Canada in 1975. She is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers and the Creative Writing Certificate Program at the University of Toronto. Her debut novel, Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety, was a finalist for the Toronto Book Award and Kobo Emerging Writer Prize. The story, set in the 1980s, was inspired by her experiences working in her family-run variety store. A teacher with the York Region District School Board, Ann lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter.