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Close to home

David Chariandy speaks to fellow author Catherine Hernandez about life in Toronto’s east end, the bravery of writing, and his much-anticipated new novel, Brother
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“Guess where I am calling you from?” I ask author David Chariandy, who is on the phone from his home in Vancouver, where he teaches at Simon Fraser University.

David jokingly asks back, “Is it a few blocks away from where I grew up?” During our initial icebreaking conversation we realize that the answer to his question is a literal yes. I am calling just blocks from the Scarborough townhome complex where he grew up, which happens to be the same complex where my parents recently resided. To our mutual surprise, we discover our parents lived a mere five doors apart.

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