EventsOnline: Author Voices-Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

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Online: Author Voices-Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

7:30 PM – 8:30 PM


For adults.

Join us for a conversation with Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai (The Mountains Sing). 

Thanh Tan will moderate.

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Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai’s first novel, The Mountains Sing, is one of the most anticipated debuts of 2020 and received glowing reviews from The New York Times, NPR and more. It is her first novel in English. It is a New York Times Editor's Choice and was voted a best new historical fiction novel by Goodreads users. She has published 18 books of her own writing and translations, in both Vietnamese and English. Quế Mai’s many honors include Poetry of the Year 2010 Award from the Hà Nội Writers Association, the Capital’s Literature & Arts Award, and the Việt Nam Writers Association’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Advancement of Vietnamese Literature Overseas. She has a PhD in Creative Writing with the UK's Lancaster University and is a Honorary Fellow in Writing of Hong Kong Baptist University.

Quế Mai currently lives in Jakarta, Indonesia, where she is a journalist and writing teacher and continues her work in sustainable development.

Thanh Tan is an independent storyteller and Senior Communications Manager for Executive Storytelling at Microsoft. Prior to this, she was an award-winning multimedia journalist and documentary producer for commercial and public media outlets, including Idaho Public Television, The Texas Tribune and The Seattle Times. She’s also the creator and host of Second Wave, a podcast from KUOW and PRX that focused on Vietnamese American refugee experiences 40 years after the Vietnam War. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, This American Life and Self Evident.

The Mountains Sing is available for purchase from Third Place Books.


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If you would like to watch the conversation with live captioning, please visit the King County Library System's YouTube Channel on the day of the event to view a simulcast. Automatically generated live captions use machine learning, and the result is imperfect but helpful for many. Chat on YouTube will not be monitored. This event will be recorded. A video with captions will be available on our YouTube channel. An audio-only version will appear in our podcast feed, with a transcript in the shownotes. These alternative access points will be available about a week after the event and will remain available for 60 days.

Do you have questions for the author? Submit your questions using the "Ask a question" button. Audience members may also vote for the questions they would like to hear answered. Questions submitted in the chat will not be monitored. It's likely that there will not be time to answer every question. Questions will be chosen by the author and moderator.

This event is part of the Author Voices series, made possible with support from the King County Library System Foundation.

Suitable for:
Adults (Ages 18 and older)
Author Talks

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