CANCELLED Meet the Author: Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai: - DUST CHILD

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We are honored to host International Bestselling author Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai on Friday, April 12th at 7pm at Kisker Road Library, to chat about and sign copies of her book, DUST CHILD! Quế Mai will be in conversation with Phong Nguyen, the Miller Family Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing at the University of Missouri and the author of BRONZE DRUM!

For her in-person events, Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai is known to enchant her audience with her captivating storytelling and insights into Vietnamese history and culture.


DUST CHILD is a suspenseful and moving saga about family secrets, hidden trauma, and the overriding power of forgiveness, set during the war and in present-day Việt Nam. Suspenseful, poetic, and perfect for readers of Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko or Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing, Dust Child tells an unforgettable and immersive story of how those who inherited tragedy can redefine their destinies through love, hard-earned wisdom, compassion, courage, and joy. 

Image of a smiling Vietnamese woman standing in front of stone steps. She wears a red top decorated with three houses.

About Nguyen Phan Que Mai

Born and raised in Việt Nam, Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai is the author of The Mountains Sing, runner-up for the 2021 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the 2020 BookBrowse Best Debut Award, the 2021 International Book Awards, the 2021 PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award, and the 2020 Lannan Literary Award Fellowship for Fiction. She has published twelve books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction and has received some of the top literary prizes in Việt Nam. Her writing has been translated into twenty languages and has appeared in major publications, including the New York Times. She has a PhD in creative writing from Lancaster University. She is an advocate for the rights of disadvantaged groups in Việt Nam and has founded several scholarship programs, and she was named by Forbes Vietnam as one of twenty inspiring women of 2021. For more information, visit:


To find books by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai check our catalog HERE

A huge thank you to our wonderful partner Main Street Books!



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