Asia House has great lineup at its literary festival this month including May 13th’s debate “How much does the Vietnam War still dominate current discourse and writing on Vietnam?” Three writers will debate this issue.
From Asia House: “US-Vietnamese author Quan Barry will speak on post-war Vietnam in light of her new book She Weeps Each Time You’re Born. Joining Barry will be Uyen Luu, who has written a bestselling cook book, My Vietnamese Kitchen, which draws on stories from her background and is currently writing her second, and Lucy Cruickshanks, author of The Trader of Saigon, which looks at the war torn country in the 1980s and which was shortlisted for the Guardian Not the Booker Prize.Following the discussion will be a sampling of Vietnamese food – a perfect end to a fascinating night. Please do join us for this exploration of Vietnamese culture.”
On May 27, as part of the festival, you can hear Amitav Ghosh at Waterstone’s Picadilly store. “With acclaimed best-sellers Sea of Poppies and River of Smoke, Flood of Fire now completes the Ibis Trilogy by Amitav Ghosh, a finalist for the 2015 Man Booker International Prize. Described as a mesmerising new masterpiece, Flood of Fire takes us once more into the dramatic history of China and British India at the time of the Opium Wars.”
Not part of the Asia House Event, but as long as I’m writing about Asian related literature, Daunt Books Marylebone is featuring one of my favourites, Xin Ran, on June 4th at 7pm. She will be discussing her new book Buy Me The Sky about China’s one child policy.
From Daunt: “With her unparalleled flair for bringing together remarkable stories of modern Chinese lives, Xinran returns with Buy Me the Sky, a collection of accounts of those born in China after the 1979 single-child policy. These children, often revered within their families as “little emperors,” have grown up to embody the hopes and fears of a country changing at dizzying speed.“