Red Hen Press signs debut novel by Vietnamese-American author Thuy Da Lam
Red Hen Press is thrilled to announce the acceptance of a new novel: Thuy Da Lams gripping debut, Fire Summer, a book reminiscent of works by Viet Thanh Nguyen, Haruki Murakami, and George Saunders.
In the summer of 1991, twenty-three-year-old Maia Trieu eagerly accepts a research grant to study folklore in Vietnam, the country she once called home. When the grant sponsor presents a burdensome stipulationthat she transport plans to overthrow the governmentMaia calls into question her patriotism, and must consult a colorful cast of characters before making her final decision. Maia and her entouragea watchful government agent, an Amerasian singer, an American traveler, and a stray catstruggle with the compromises that come with restoring the past and staying true to ones beliefs. The stories of these four unlikely friends intertwine with those of dead Vietnamese to create a magical, fantasy-meets-philosophy novel about transformation and self-discovery.
Thuy Da Lam was born in Central Vietnam and raised in the United States. She holds a B.A. from Hamilton College where she helped translate Vietnamese sources for Thomas A. Basss Vietnamerica: The War Comes Home. Thuy also holds a Ph.D. from UH Manoa. Thuy has won the George A. Watrous Literary Prize for Fiction, the Myrtle Clark Writing Award and the John Young Scholarship in the Arts. Part of Fire Summer appeared in Lost Lake Folk Opera: Black April Issue, in commemoration of the fortieth anniversary of the Vietnam War. Thuy currently resides in Hawaii.
Red Hen Press, founded in 1994 by Kate Gale and Mark E. Cull, publishes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction of literary excellence. As one of few literary presses in the Los Angeles area, part of Red Hens mission is to promote literacy in schools, support diversity, and help educate at-risk youths in the community.
Thuy Da Lam is represented by Jennifer Lyons. The Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency, LLC, represents over eighty authors whose books have been placed with notable publishers such as HarperCollins, Alfred A. Knopf, Simon & Schuster, and now Red Hen Press, and have won the Pulitzer Prize, Nobel Prize, and the National Book Award.
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5 Literary Events We’re Looking Forward to This Week
Last week Red Hen went international with exciting events in London and wonderful authors! We’re so grateful for the success of the events and the authors who participated in them. This week, we’d like to highlight some readings and other events happening in Southern California as well as invite you to some of our own events that we’re looking forward to!
(1) March 30, 2017, 6:30 pm, Pasadena, CA, FREE – RHP Open Mic Poetry Night at Der Wolfskopf
Come and enjoy an evening of poetry with Red Hen Press this Thursday. Join us as we showcase readings of our intern and staff’s original works and share your own. The evening will be filled with laughter, life stories and no doubt some rather nervous first time readers. Help us support our budding authors and poets by coming out and sharing a drink and a poem or two. We hope to see you there!
One drink minimum.
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(2) March 30, 2017, 7pm, West Hollywood, CA, FREE RSVP – Lloyd Sachs on T BONE BURNET at Book Soup
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(3) March 31, 2017, 6pm, Pasadena, CA, FREE – Meet Emily Dickinson and Kick off National Poetry Month at Vroman’s Bookstore in Hasting’s Ranch
In celebration of National Poetry Month and Sierra Madre Playhouse’s production of The Belle of Amherst by William Luce. Enjoy a scene from the play, the poetry of local students inspired by Emily Dickinson, a group writing exercise, and free refreshments.
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(4) April 1, 2017, 5:30pm, Denver, CO, FREE – Poetry Reading by Jessy Randall, Jane Hilberry, and Rosemary Trommer hosted by BookBar in Denver
Come join us at BookBar on Saturday for wine and readings from Jessy Randall, Jane Hilberry, and Rosemary Trommer.
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(5) April 1, 2017, 5pm, Los Angeles, CA, FREE – Ron Rege Jr and Maja D’Aoust discuss CARTOON UTOPIA and WHAT PARSIFAL SAW at Skylight Books
Join us at Skylight Books where Ron Rege Jr and Maja D’Aoust will discuss the ideas that influenced them and read from their work Cartoon Utopia and the new graphic novel What Parsifal Saw.
Find out more on the Skylight Books event page.