Join us in conversation on books and writing with local authors Jaclyn Dawn and Nhung N. Tran-Davies at Thorsby Library. Each author will be reading from her latest work with
Join us in conversation on books and writing with local authors Jaclyn Dawn and Nhung N. Tran-Davies at Thorsby Library. Each author will be reading from her latest work with a Q&A, mingling, and snacks to follow.
About the Inquirer (Fiction): When an accident jeopardizing the family farm draws Amiah Williams back to Kingsley, Alerta, population 1431, she doesn’t expect her homecoming to make front-page news. But there she is in The Inquirer, the mysterious tabloid that is airing her hometown’s dirty laundry. Alongside stories of high school rivalries and truck-bed love affairs, disturbing revelations about Amiah’s past and present are selling papers and fuelling small-town gossip. As the stakes get higher, Amiah must either expose the twisted truth behind The Inquirer or watch her life fall apart again.
Jaclyn Dawn’s debut novel provides an incisive look at the lingering consequences of past relationships and the price of both staying silent and speaking up.
Jaclyn Dawn grew up in the tabloid-free small town of Warburg, Alberta. With a communications degree and creative writing masters, she works as a freelance writer and instructor. She now lives somewhere between city and country outside Edmonton with her husband and son.
About A Grain of Rice (Middle Grade Fiction): Thirteen-year-old Yen and her family have survived a ware, famine and persecution. When a flood ruins their village in rural Vietnam, they take the ultimate risk on a chance for a better life. A Grain of Rice is a story of a young girl’s journey through poverty and oppression to escape her war-torn homeland of Vietnam. It is a story of courage, hope and faith, and the meaning in a grain of rice. It is semi-autobiographical, written to honour the courage and strength of Nhung’s mother.
About Ten Cents A Pound (Picture Book): A young girl is torn by her desire to stay home with her family and the familiarity of their village, and her desire to go to school and discover the world beyond the mountains that surround them. Every time the girl insists that she will stay, her mother repeats that she must go – that there is more to life than labor in the coffee fields. Their loving exchange reveals the struggles and sacrifices that they will both have to make for the sake of the young girl’s future. The sweet, simple text captures a mother’s love and her wish for a life of opportunity for her daughter.
Nhung N. Tran-Davies is a physician and advocate for social justice through education. Her family came to Canada as refugees from Vietnam in 1979, and in 2013 Nhung founded the Children of Vietnam Benevolent Foundation. Nhung and her family live in Calmar, Alberta.
(Tuesday) 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Thorsby Municipal Library
4901 48 Avenue