In conversation with Elamin Abdelmahmoud
IN CONVERSATION WITH
Elamin Abdelmahmoud is well-known across the nation as the host of CBC's pop culture show Pop Chat, and for his contributions to BuzzFeed News, Rolling Stone, The Globe and Mail, and other leading publications.
His memoir, out tomorrow with McClelland & Stewart, is told through a collection of moving essays chronicling Elamin's arrival in Canada at age twelve from Sudan to his rise as one of the country’s most beloved media personalities.
Son of Elsewhere is a one-of-a-kind reflection on Blackness, faith, and the challenges and rewards of finding your way in the world. The book has received glowing praise from many, including Scotiabank Giller Prize‒winning author Omar El Akkad, who said “it was the sort of book that can only come from a writer both incisive and open-hearted. Abdelmahmoud, to our great fortune, is both.”
Elamin and I caught up ahead of the book's release to talk about some of his earliest memories of Canada, the barriers and challenges we have both faced in our writing, and how he handles rejection. He also shared some of his favourite authors.
|by Kyla Zanardi|