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 (5/24/17)
We at Red Hen Press are hoping that you’re having a wonderful week and that your Memorial Day weekend is shaping up to be relaxing. We have a number of events coming up this week that we are very excited about! With a few of our poets reading in Chicago and New York in addition to the fabulous California events, this week is a literary wonderland!
(1) May 25, 2017, 7 pm, Chicago, IL FREE – Poetry off the Shelf: Elise Paschen & Laura Kasischke at Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine
Elise Paschen is the author of Bestiary (2009), Infidelities (1996), winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize, and Houses: Coasts (1985). The Nightlife, her new collection, will be published by Red Hen Press in Spring 2017. Paschen teaches in the MFA Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Poet and novelist Laura Kasischke has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the National Book Critics Circle Award, among other honors. Her latest novel is Mind of Winter (2014) and her new collection is Where Now: New & Selected Poems (2017).
Read more information on the Poetry Foundation event page!
(2) May 25, 2017, 7:30 pm, Los Angeles, CA FREE – Golden State 2017 Anthology Release Party at The Last Bookstore
The Last Bookstore will be presenting a reading celebrating the release of the anthology Golden State 2017: Best New Writing from California, the fourth volume in the series formerly known as California Prose Directory! Editor Lisa Locascio will host, and contributors Lou Matthews, Michael Jaime-Becerra, Anthony J. Mohr, Vincent Poturica, Elizabeth Hall, Seth Fischer, Ashton Politanoff, Rebecca Baumann, Ron Gutierrez, Anne-Marie Kinney, and Jasper Henderson will read. Authors will be on hand to sign copies of the book after the reading. Don’t miss this unique gathering of local voices!
The store has limited capacity, a mere 300, so get there early!
Find out more on their Facebook event.
(3) May 27, 2017, 4:00 pm, Los Angeles, CA $10 – The Wandering Song Publication Reading with Tia Chucha Press at Beyond Baroque
Beyond Baroque is excited to celebrate the publication Tia Chucha Press’ landmark anthology The Wandering Song. The first-ever comprehensive literary survey of the Central American diaspora by a U.S. publisher, The Wandering Song captures the complexity of a rapidly growing community that shares certain experiences with other Latino groups, but also offers its own unique narrative. This reading – like the book – will showcase writers who render a multiplicity of experiences, as refugees from the wars of the 1980s to those who barely remember the homeland or who were born in El Norte. The event will be hosted by Leticia Hernandez Linares who, who is joining us from San Francisco. Tia Chucha Press publisher Luis Javier Rodriguez will also be attending.
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(4) May 28, 2017, 5:00 pm, Los Angeles, CA FREE – Kelly Lytle Hernandez Discusses Her Book City Of Inmates at Skylight Book Store
Los Angeles incarcerates more people than any other city in the United States, which imprisons more people than any other nation on Earth. This book explains how the City of Angels became the capital city of the world’s leading incarcerator. But City of Inmates is also a chronicle of resilience and rebellion, documenting how targeted peoples and communities have always fought back. This book recounts how the dynamics of conquest met deep reservoirs of rebellion as Los Angeles became the City of Inmates, the nation’s carceral core. Join Skylight as Kelly discusses dark but enthralling history of Los Angeles that led to The City of Angeles becoming the City of Inmates.
Learn more about Kelly on Skylight’s event page.
(5) May 30, 2017, 7:00 pm, New York, NY FREE – Reading at Book Culture
Join Red Hen Press authors Kate Gale, Kim Dower, and Carol Becker as they share their amazing works of poetry and essays!
Kate Gale’s The Goldilocks Zone, according to Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate, explores the world around us using “clipped jumpy rhythm” and “sudden bursts of syntax.”
Kim Dower’s Last Train to the Missing Planet is described by Richard Blanco, Presidential Inaugural Poet, as examining “that space where the soul and the truest self live.”
Carol Becker’s Losing Helen is a first-person narrative essay of a daughter’s journey through the process of losing her ninety-eight-year-old mother. Marianne Hirsch, author of The Generation Of Postmemory, called Becker’s essay “a gift of courage amidst inconsolable loss for which her readers will be grateful.”
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