LIVE- Visibility & Kinship: An AAPI Heritage Month Panel
Thursday May 28 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
This panel will be broadcast live via Zoom
Books Are Magic is proud to present an AAPI Heritage Month panel on the topic of Visibility & Kinship. This panel will center South and Southeast Asian perspectives, featuring writers Pitchaya Sudbanthad, Sejal Shah, Souvankham Thammavongsa, and Tanaïs as moderator.
Pitchaya Sudbanthad is the author of Bangkok Wakes to Rain. The novel, published by Riverhead Books (US) and Sceptre (UK), was selected as a notable book of the year by The New York Times and The Washington Post, as well as a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. He has received fellowships in fiction writing from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the MacDowell Colony, and currently splits time between Bangkok and Brooklyn.
Sejal Shah's debut essay collection, This Is One Way to Dance, (University of Georgia Press, June 2020), maps a personal geography and explores movement, language, family, and place. Her stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Brevity, Conjunctions, Guernica, the Kenyon Review Online, Literary Hub, Longreads, and The Rumpus. The recipient of a 2018 NYFA fellowship in fiction, Sejal recently completed a story collection and is at work on a memoir about mental health and academia. She is on the faculty of the Rainier Writing Workshop low-residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University. She lives in Rochester, New York.
Souvankham Thammavongsa was born in the Lao refugee camp in Nong Khai, Thailand and was raised and educated in Toronto. She is the award-winning author of four books of poetry and her fiction has appeared in Harper's, Granta, the Paris Review, Ploughshares, Best American Non-Required Reading 2018, and the O. Henry Prize Stories 2019.