Al-Solaylee at the Eden Mills Writers' Festival in 2016
|Notable works||Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes|
Kamal Al-Solaylee (born 1964) is a Canadian journalist, who published his debut book, Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes, in 2012.
Born in Aden, his family went into exile in Beirut and Cairo following the British decolonization of Yemen in 1967. Following a brief return to Yemen in his 20s, Al-Solaylee moved to London to complete his PhD in English, before moving to Canada.
He has worked extensively as a journalist in Canada, including work for The Globe and Mail, Report on Business, the Toronto Star, the National Post, The Walrus, Xtra! and Toronto Life. He is currently the director of the undergraduate journalism program at Ryerson University.
His book Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes is a memoir of his experience as a gay man growing up in the Middle East. The book was a shortlisted nominee for the 2012 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction, the 2013 Lambda Literary Award in the Gay Memoir/Biography category, and the 2013 Toronto Book Award.
He served on the jury of the 2012 Dayne Ogilvie Prize, a literary award for emerging LGBT writers in Canada, selecting Amber Dawn as that year's winner. He is on the jury for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
His second book, Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (To Everyone), was published in 2016. The book was a shortlisted nominee for the Governor General's Award for English-language non-fiction at the 2016 Governor General's Awards, and won the 2017 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.
- "Reflections on growing up gay in Yemen". Toronto Star, 20 May 2012.
- "Escape from intolerance: one man's journey to Canada from Yemen". The Globe and Mail, 16 July 2012.
- "Kamal Al-Solaylee shortlisted for Writers' Trust award". Xtra!, 25 September 2012.
- "Rae Spoon, Kamal Al-Solaylee among Canadian Lambda nominees". Quill & Quire, 6 March 2013.
- "Toronto Book Awards shortlist announced". Toronto Star, 15 August 2013.
- The Scotiabank Giller Prize: Introducing the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize Jury
- "CBC announces Canada Reads finalists". Toronto Star, January 20, 2015.
- "A question of tone: In a new book, Kamal Al-Solaylee tackles the incredibly complex and all-encompassing communities that constitute 'brown' people". The Globe and Mail, May 7, 2016.
- "Governor-General’s Literary Award short list a serious case of déjà vu". The Globe and Mail, October 4, 2016.
- "Kamal Al-Solaylee wins Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone)". CBC Books, May 11, 2017.