A few weeks ago I got to host a live event with Aleksandar Hemon. His newest book is actually two – My Parents, a memoir about his parents journey from Bosnia to Canada, and This Does Not Belong To You, a collection of memories from his childhood. They’re packaged together in a dos-a-dos binding, so the layout is as uncommon as the quality of the work. I didn’t know Hemon’s writing until I read this, and now I want to go pick up all his books. He is incredible. Our event was at the Hamilton Public Library in Hamilton, ON – where I live and so do Aleksandar’s parents, ever since they fled Bosnia during the war. The event was filled with friends and family, and I managed to ask some not-entirely-dumb questions, so it was a great night all around.
This recording isn’t the greatest quality, but it isn’t the worst either. Please forgive the background hiss – and the random clapping of the audience in the next room. Extra thanks to the always fantastic Jaime Krakowski from Epic Books, Rita Bozz from the HPL and Nicole Winstanley from Penguin Random House.