Book Talk: Bronze Drum by Phong Nguyen
Join Hugo House in welcoming Phong Nguyen for a special reading and craft talk around his latest book, Bronze Drum. Nguyen, a hapa (half-Asian) writer, will be giving readings from his work over the years and discussing them in the context of his development as a literary artist, offering a panorama, rather than a snapshot of his artistic career.
From the publisher's page: "Vivid, lyrical, and filled with adventure, The Bronze Drum is a true story of standing up for one's people, culture, and country that has been passed down through generations of Vietnamese families through oral tradition. Phong Nguyen's breathtaking novel takes these real women out of legends and celebrates their loves, losses, and resilience in this inspirational story of women's strength and power even in the face of the greatest obstacles."
Phong Nguyen is the author of three novels (Bronze Drum, Roundabout, and The Adventures of Joe Harper) and two short fiction collections (Pages from the Textbook of Alternate History, and Memory Sickness). He is the Miller Family Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing at the University of Missouri, where he teaches fiction-writing.