I’m here on this cold, drizzly day anticipating this wonderful event tonight with Wu Ming-Yi and Lee Randall. When I was a student writing my novel, I had no idea of the life that awaited me. I’m so pleased to be here, honored to be among so many brilliant writers, and humbled by this beautiful event. ‘Digging into Trauma’ is an apt title for our session as both our novels travel far below the comfort of normal lives, venturing into the grief stricken, the lost and the painful. Within those lives there are also moments of beauty, love and sometimes forgiveness. It is in these lives we can hope to one day find peace.
Arrive a bit early to listen to us read writing from survivors of torture. This important event highlights true stories from real people suffering today.
I spent the day immersed in Lee Bul’s surreal world of futuristic and sometimes brutal art on exhibit at the Hayward Gallery London. She creates obscene beauty and entire worlds with everyday materials. My favourite display was her porcelain sculptures of robot parts, which fuses old Korea’s traditional celadon pottery with steampunk fiction. They could very well be unearthed relics from some future civilisation, dug up and glued back together by archaeologists of tomorrow. The exhibition ends 19 August so make it down there before it ends! It’s well worth the visit. Link
Here it is again, the Italian book trailer for Figlie del Mare, available now in Italy from Longanesi:
Here’s the atmospheric book trailer for White Chrysanthemum, now published in South Korea:
Here’s the beautiful new cover and book club discussion questions for the paperback launch of White Chrysanthemum this September. My publishers have done an amazing job, and I’m honored to share the tragic story of the Korean ‘comfort women’ with readers everywhere.
I’ll be at the Edbookfest this year to talk about my book, White Chrysanthemum, along with Wu Ming-Yi and his wonderful book, The Stolen Bicycle. I’ll also be supporting Amnesty International’s Imprisoned Writers Series by reading from the work of Freedom From Torture survivors, along with Antti Tuomainen. Details for both events are below:
Sunday, 19 August 2018, 7:00pm
Edinburgh International Book Festival
DIGGING INTO TRAUMA
Heartbreaking family sagas are played out against the backdrop of social revolution in the nail-biting historical dramas by Mary Lynn Bracht and Wu Ming-Yi. Set in Korea, Bracht’s White Chrysanthemum features two sisters suddenly separated by war while Wu’s The Stolen Bicycle has a novelist tracking the mystery behind his father’s disappearance when he was a boy.
Vote for White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht in the First Book Award.
Location: Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre, 7:00-8:00pm
ARRIVE TO THE VENUE EARLY FOR A READING FROM FREEDOM FROM TORTURE:
WOMEN EMPOWERING WOMEN
Every survivor of torture has different needs. Freedom from Torture offers counselling and therapeutic creative writing services in centres across the UK. Today’s writing reflects ideas of sisterhood and female rights and comes from Freedom from Torture survivors. Reading the work are Mary Lynn Bracht and Antti Tuomainen.
Part of our Freedom and Equality series of events.
Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre, 5:30-6:15pm
FREE: Tickets available from the Box Office on the day of the event
What does freedom mean to you? The Edinburgh International Book Festival’s young programmers, Codename F, have been exploring different aspects of Freedom and now they want to hear from you! Send them your thoughts and see them displayed in their specially curated Freedom to be Heard event at the Book Festival on 14 August. Find out how you can get involved here: bit.ly/FreedomCallout