10 Books for Refugee Awareness Day

10 Books for Refugee Awareness Day
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For Refugee Awareness Day (June 20) we share 10 books about refugees and the refugee experience.


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Homes

By Abu Bakr al Rabeeah & Winnie Yeung

Finalist for the 2018 Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction and the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Politcal Writing. Audience choice winner of Canada Reads

In 2010, the al Rabeeah family left their home in Iraq in hope of a safer life. They moved to Homs, in Syria ? just before ... Read more

Ghost's Journey

By Robin Stevenson
Illustrated by Rainer Oktovianus

When Indonesia becomes a dangerous place for the LGBTQ+ community, Ghost and her family are forced to leave their home and escape to freedom in Canada. Ghost's Journey: A Reugee Story is inspired by the true story of two gay refugees, Rainer and Eka, and written from the perspective ... Read more

Suitcase/Adrenaline

By Ahmad Meree

These two powerful plays by Ahmad Meree examine the effects of war and the refugee experience. Suitcase considers the lives of refugees and the spaces they inhabit. The play urges the audience to reassess the significance of their possessions, the relationships they value, and ... Read more

Like Joyful Tears

By David Starr

In Like Joyful Tears, readers see first-hand the trauma and havoc wreaked by civil war. Victoria Deng of southern Sudan is sixteen when her school is attacked by northern soldiers and everyone but herself and her sister Mary are massacred. The girls are soon rescued by southern ... Read more

Amity

By Nasreen Pejvack

Amity provides a window to the wreckage caused by wars--the destruction and displacement that leave pain and life-long psychological disorders, here specifically within the contexts of Yugoslavia's dissolution and Iran's revolution.Payvand, an Iranian refugee and activist, still ... Read more

Waiting for Stalin to Die

By Irene Guilford

Fleeing Stalin's advance into Lithuania, shaken by communism and war, four refugees end up in Toronto in 1949. Vytas, a young doctor who gets into medical school by saving a child's life, is haunted by a lost love. Maryte, a seamstress whose affair with a German officer saved ... Read more

You Can't Stay Here

By Jasmina Odor

Jasmina Odor’s rich writing invites us to step into the shoes of Croatian immigrants living in Canada, and the Croatian soldiers and families who remain behind. Each passionate story in this collection varies in perspective, and yet all share Odor’s sensual writing and undertones ... Read more

Veiled Sun, The

By Paul Schaffer
Translated by Vivian Felsen
Introduction by Simone Veil

The Veiled Sun is a Holocaust memoir written in a highly literate style. Paul Schaffer spent his teenage years on the run from the Nazis in Austria, Belgium and France, and then in Auschwitz from 1942 to 1945. He survived to become a successful industrialist who was honoured ... Read more

The Clothesline Swing

By Ahmad Danny Ramadan

The Clothesline Swing is a journey through the troublesome aftermath of the Arab Spring. A former Syrian refugee himself, Ramadan unveils an enthralling tale of courage that weaves through the mountains of Syria, the valleys of Lebanon, the encircling seas of Turkey, the heat ... Read more

Reaching Mithymna

By Steven Heighton

In the fall of 2015, Steven Heighton made an overnight decision to travel to the frontlines of the Syrian refugee crisis in Greece and enlist as a volunteer. He arrived on the isle of Lesvos with a duffel bag and a dubious grasp of Greek, his mother's native tongue, and worked ... Read more