[Cancelled] The Mountains Sing Book Reading with Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai
This event has been cancelled and postponed to Fall 2020. A rescheduled date will be made publicly available in the near future.
Ryerson University is thrilled to present award-winning poet Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai.
Presented by the English Department at Ryerson University and Thomas Allen & Son, generously supported by Reel Asian Film Festival and the Asian Canadian Women’s Alliance.
About The Event
The Mountain Sings will be Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai’s first novel in English set to be released in March 2020. The Mountains Sing tells an enveloping, multigenerational tale of the Trần family, set against the backdrop of the Việt Nam War. Trần Diệu Lan, who was born in 1920, was forced to flee her family farm with her six children during the Land Reform as the Communist government rose in the North. Years later in Hà Nội, her young granddaughter, Hương, comes of age as her parents and uncles head off down the Hồ Chí Minh Trail to fight in a conflict that tore not just her beloved country, but her family apart.
About The Author
Born into the Viet Nam War in 1973, Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai grew up witnessing the war’s devastation and its aftermath. She worked as a street vendor and rice farmer before winning a scholarship to attend university in Australia. She is the author of eight books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction published in Vietnamese, and her writing has been translated and published in more than 10 countries, most recently in Norton’s Inheriting the War anthology. She has been honored with many awards, including the Poetry of the Year 2010 Award from the Hà Nội Writers Association, as well as international grants and fellowships. Quế Mai first learned English in 8th grade and The Mountains Sing is the first novel written in English by a Vietnamese national to be published by a major American publisher. Currently based in Indonesia, Quế Mai’s journalism regularly appears in major Vietnamese newspapers.