In Celebration of DUST CHILD: Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai and Vanessa Chan
Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai and Vanessa Chan
In Celebration of DUST CHILD: Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai and Vanessa Chan


On April 5th at 7 PM ET, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop presents a celebration of best-selling author Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai’s latest novel, DUST CHILD, a convergence of lineage and memory borne from decisions made in time of war. Chanel Miller says, “In DUST CHILD, rupture leads to emotional richness and pain creates the pathways worth walking.” Quế Mai will be joined in conversation by Vanessa Chan.

**Masks Required!**

New Design High School
350 Grand Street (main entrance on Ludlow)
New York, NY 10002

Notes On Accessibility:
The main entrance to New Design High School has steps. For access to the accessible entrance, please e-mail For access to ASL interpretation, please e-mail a week in advance.

This event is in partnership with Vietnamese Boat People Podcast and the evening’s booksellers, Yu and Me Books.

This event is also in partnership with and hosted by the incredible New Design High School: a highschool, a youth development shop, a coffee and design shop, an event space, and a community.


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:

Vanessa Chan is the Malaysian author of THE STORM WE MADE (Marysue Rucci Books/Simon & Schuster (US) and Hodder & Stoughton (UK), which will be published January 2024 in twenty languages and territories worldwide. Her story collection, THE UGLIEST BABIES IN THE WORLD is also forthcoming. Vanessa’s other work has been published in Electric Lit, Kenyon Review, and more. She is now based mostly in Brooklyn.

In Celebration of DUST CHILD: Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai and Vanessa Chan

Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai and Vanessa Chan
Wednesday, April 5, 2023
7:00 PM
New Design High School
350 Grand Street (entrance on Ludlow)
New York NY 10002
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