10:00 - 11:30
SFPL and hoopla digital partner to bring your the author of The Mountains Sing, Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai.
In celebration of the release of her novel, SFPL is encouraging everyone to read this story. The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai tells an enveloping, multigenerational tale of the Trần family, set against the backdrop of the Việt Nam War. Vivid, gripping and steeped in the language and traditions of Việt Nam, The Mountains Sing brings to life the human costs of this conflict from the point of view of the Vietnamese people, while showing us the true power of kindness and hope.
Quế Mai is a Vietnamese poet and author of eight books, this is her first novel in English. There is of course a rich literary culture of Vietnamese-American writers active today, including luminaries like Viet Thanh Nguyen and Thi Bui, but Quế Mai is one of a relative few authors now bringing Vietnamese literature to a wider English-speaking audience, and to me her story felt like opening a door in a way I’ve rarely experienced before in a book.
This will be a unique opportunity to listen to Quế Mai discuss her life, writing, publishing and our current experiences.
Reservations required: https://bit.ly/QueMaiAPIA2020