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Sharon Bala

Her bestselling debut novel, The Boat People, won the 2019 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, was a finalist...

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Lee Rawles

Lee Rawles joined the ABA Journal in 2010 as a web producer. She has also worked for the Winston-Salem...

Episode Notes

In 2009 and 2010, two cargo ships packed with refugees fleeing the Sri Lankan civil war arrived on the shores of Canada. Those refugees inspired Sharon Bala’s debut novel, “The Boat People,” which won the 2019 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. Told through the eyes of a Sri Lankan man seeking asylum for himself and his son; a young Sri Lankan-Canadian law student reluctantly assigned to help with his case; and the granddaughter of Japanese immigrants to Canada interned during World War II, who will have to decide whether the details of his story add up. In this episode of the Modern Law Library, Bala speaks with the ABA Journal’s Lee Rawles about the true stories behind her fictional novel, and what winning the prize named for the author of “To Kill a Mockingbird” means to her.

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Published: August 28, 2019
Podcast: ABA Journal: Modern Law Library
Category: Legal News
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