Bangkok Literature Festival

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Click on session title for full description. Program may be subject to change.

Update: We regret that Joelle Gergis has cancelled. 17/10/23

Locations

Event Venues

The main talk events take place at Neilson Hays Library and The British Club. Ticketed workshops and special events will be at other Festival partner venues. Be sure to check the program for the correct venues for your sessions!

Neilson Hays Library

For The British Club, please enter through Neilson Hays Library

Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse

The Standard, Bangkok Mahanakhon

Chakrabongse Villas

Event

Event Venues

This year the festival will be broken dow over the following four exciting locations. Please make sure you check on event registration times to ensure you get your spot.

Neilson Hays Library

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The British Club

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Chakrabongse Villa

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Bangkok Marriott Hotel

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Frequently asked questions

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Who Owns The Story?

Neilson Hays Library Stage

10:00-10:50 Sat. 4 November

Authors from the region discuss the rise of Asians writing about Southeast Asia, and the challenges of trying to reframe the narrative. Glenn Diaz in conversation with Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, Mai Nardone, and Pim Wangtechawat. English w/ Thai translation.

Going Deep with Will Schwalbe

Neilson Hays Library Stage

11:00-11:50 Sat. 4 November

The New York Times best-selling author shares insights from The End of Your Life Book Club, Books for Living, and We Should Not Be Friends. Filled with empathy for others, his work examines how to break down stereotypes, reach across emotional barriers, and use books and reading to deepen our relationships and give life richer meaning. In conversation with Mihoko Iida, author of Japanese Interiors. English w/ Thai translation.

Ripped From the Headlines

Neilson Hays Library Stage

12:00-12:50 Sat. 4 November

Working journalists share real-world stories of what happens when the press is no longer free. Featuring Andreas Harsono of Human Rights Watch Indonesia; Liza Lin of The Wall Street Journal; and Thanyarat Doksone of BBC News Bangkok in conversation with Patrick Winn, author of Hello, Shadowlands. English w/ Thai translation.

Time Travel with Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Neilson Hays Library Stage

13:00-13:50 Sat. 4 November

The international best-seller Before The Coffee Gets Cold is a charming and magical tale that poses the question: what would you change if you could travel back in time? Come along with the author—a novelist, screenwriter, and theater director—as he leads you on a journey to a Tokyo cafe where revisiting the past is possible thanks to his inventive “special rules.” Catch him in conversation with Artch Bunnag. Japanese and Thai w/ English translation .

Bernardine Evaristo: Girl, Woman, Other

Neilson Hays Library Stage

14:00-14:50 Sat. 4 November

Bernardine Evaristo is the first black woman to win the Booker Prize—one of the world’s most prestigious literary awards. Poetic, inventive, and unconventional, her novel sings with complicated bravery and wit as it ingeniously connects the stories of a dozen wildly different women. In the end, it creates a full and complex portrait of modern British society that illuminates both the whole and the individual. She discusses her groundbreaking novel with Sunisa Manning, author of A Good True Thai. English w/ Thai translation.

It's Personal: Writers on LGBTQ+ Rights

Neilson Hays Library Stage

15:00-15:50 Sat. 4 November

Will Schwalbe came out in college during the start of the AIDS epidemic. Poet and fiction writer Norman Erikson Pasaribu was born in Indonesia nearly a decade later. Catch them in conversation with Andreas Harsono of Human Rights Watch Indonesia on the global rise of anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric and where to find hope and progress. English w/ Thai translation.

The State of Reading: Who is Consuming Thai Literature?

Neilson Hays Library Stage

16:00-16:50 Sat. 4 November

Statistically speaking, the readership of Thai literature is small in comparison to that of translated literature. To what extent do readers influence the way we talk and write about Thai literary works, and how can we increase the appetite for home-grown fiction? Noted Thai writers Uruda Covin, Weerasak Chansongsang and critic Artit Srijan share their views with Charoonporn Parapakpralai. Thai w/ English translation.

Adam Higginbotham: Midnight in Chernobyl.

Neilson Hays Library Stage

17:00-17:50 Sat. 4 November

Adam Higginbotham chronicled the world’s largest nuclear disaster in explosive, gripping detail and produced one of the best narrative histories of our time. He explores Russia’s demons and the country’s complicated relationship with history and the truth. In conversation with Nisid Hajari, author of Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition. English w/ Thai translation.

Film Screening: Before the Coffee Gets Cold

Neilson Hays Library Stage

18:30 Sat. 4 November

Toshikazu Kawaguchi’s best-selling, time-traveling novel was turned into a hit movie released in Japan. Join the author for a rare chance to see the movie in Thailand, and stay for a Q&A after the show. Film in Japanese with English and Thai subtitles. Q&A in English and Thai.

YA & Kids: Totsakan

The British Club Stage

10:00-10:50 Sat. 4 November

Writing as Tamilin Bea, husband-and-wife duo and former journalists Graham Watts and Woranuj Maneerungsee created Totsakan for their bilingual children. The tale plunges two teens from modern-day Bangkok into the ancient world of The Ramakien, where they battle darkness and demons, fight alongside a monkey army, and try to save their city from the Demon King Totsakan. The authors discuss the book with their 14-year-old twins, who inspired the story. English w/ Thai translation.

The Taste of Southeast Asia

The British Club Stage

11:00-11:50 Sat. 4 November

Noted cookbook authors Sharon Wee of Growing Up in a Nonya Kitchen: Singapore Recipes from My Mother and Kay Plunkett-Hogge of Baan: Recipes and Stories From My Thai Home join Syarifah Nadhirah, a talented botanical illustrator who cataloged Malaysia’s edible plants in her book Recalling Forgotten Tastes. Together with Chef Tam Chudaree of Bangkok’s Baan Tepa, they explore the ingredients, unusual combinations, and distinctive techniques that make the cuisines of Southeast Asia unique. In conversation with Angie Thien. English w/ Thai translation.

Ladies Last

British Club Stage

12:00-12:50 Sat. 4 November

According to the World Economic Forum, it will take 189 years to close the gender pay gap in Asia. In places like the United States, women now have fewer rights than their mothers and grandmothers did. And women of a certain age? They’re ignored and cast aside virtually everywhere. The Spanish novelist Elia Barceló and Indian economist Shrayana Bhattacharya, author of Desperately Seeking Shah Rukh: India’s Lonely Young Women and The Search for Intimacy and Independence, discuss the emotional and economic consequences of being a woman. In conversation with former journalist Amy Sawitta Lefevre. English w/ Thai translation.

Adam Higginbotham & Manu Joseph: Finding Clarity

The British Club Stage​

13:00-13:50 Sat. 4 November

Adam Higginbotham produced one of the best narrative histories of our time. Manu Joseph broke major news about government corruption in India. Both understand the crucial importance of getting to the truth—but is finding the truth just about uncovering facts, or must you also follow hunches and know when you are being misled? They explore the complexities of fact finding and truth seeking with Hannah Beech, senior Asia correspondent for The New York Times. English w/ Thai translation.

Healing Hearts: หนังสือฮีลใจคืออะไร?

British Club Stage

14:00-14:50 Sat. 4 November

The novelist Pim Wangtechawat (The Moon Represents My Heart) guest curates this session with poet Win Nimman (Please Don’t Be Cruel to Your Heart). They sit down for a discussion on the challenges of pursuing writing as a profession, the popularity of “Healing Books” in Thailand, and the merits of this unique genre. They invite you to discover how the power of the written word can help connect us all. Thai w/ English translation.

Souvankham Thammavongsa: How to Pronounce Knife

The British Club Stage

15:00-15:50 Sat. 4 November

Born in a Lao refugee camp in Nong Khai, Thailand, Souvankham is returning for the first time to the country of her birth. Her much-lauded collection of short stories chronicles the hope and loss, the heartache and the wonder of the immigrant experience. Powerfully told, the collection won The Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada’s most prestigious literary award, in 2020. An accomplished poet, she’ll present a witty and thoughtful meditation on what it means to be a writer. Afterwards, she’ll be in conversation with Pariyapa Amornwanichsarn. English w/ Thai translation.

On Earth: Field Notes From the People Preserving Our Planet

The British Club Stage

16:00-16:50 Sat. 4 November

From galvanizing social action campaigns to rewilding the land and documenting the often-forgotten abundance of nature, ecologist “Dr. Oy” Saranarat Kanjanavanit and botanical illustrator Syarifah Nadhirah show that it’s possible to make a positive impact on the environment despite all the alarming climate change news. Join them as they share notes on how we can all make a difference with personal action both big and small. In conversation with Oraya Sutabutr of Big Trees. English w/ Thai translation.

Verses from Our Golden Land

British Club Stage

17:00-17:50 Sat. 4 November

Poetry flourished in the ancient courts and monasteries of Southeast Asia, and the art has persisted through the tumult of history. Celebrate the art in its modern form with readings and discussions from today’s preeminent talents: Shivani Sivagurunathan, Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, Souvankham Thammavongsa, and Norman Erikson Pasaribu in conversation with Surapeepan Chatraporn. This session is moderated in English.

Workshop A: Self Portraits for Kids

Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse

9:00-10:30 Sat. 4 November

What’s the key to unlocking creativity? Observation! We’ll teach you how to look at the shapes and lines of your own face and body and then translate them onto paper. In the end, you’ll be able to draw simple but compelling portraits of yourself. Join us and learn how shapes and lines combine to create a human character. This workshop is great for kids with or without drawing skills. Language: English & Thai . Age: 8-12.

600 baht

Workshop B: Beloved Toys Maker Workshop

Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse

11:00-12:30 Sat. 4 November

Join us for a special story time with Barefoot Banana books. Come and meet the real beloved toys from the book Beloved Toys by Nathalie Lété and listen to their stories. Then it’s your turn to create your own beloved toy in our unique toy making workshop. Language: English. Age: 3-10

600 baht

Workshop C: Self Portraits for Kids

Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse

13:00-14:30 Sat. 4 November

What’s the key to unlocking creativity? Observation! We’ll teach you how to look at the shapes and lines of your own face and body and then translate them onto paper. In the end, you’ll be able to draw simple but compelling portraits of yourself. Join us and learn how shapes and lines combine to create a human character. This workshop is great for kids with or without drawing skills. Language: English & Thai . Age: 8-12.

600 baht

Workshop D: Basic Book Binding

Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse

15:00-16:30 Sat. 4 November

Basic Book Binding Workshop 

Learn how to create your own one-of-a-kind pocket-sized drawing notebook with experienced bookbinder Lori Hermano of Art Lava Studio. She’ll teach you the art of traditional coptic stitch binding and open up a world of creative possibilities. Language: English. Age: 9+

1,200 baht

Workshop E: Spanish Story Scrabble

Bangkok Marriott Hotel the Surawongse

17:00-18:30 Sat. 4 November

Calling Spanish enthusiasts! Have you ever dreamed of writing stories that transport you to imaginary worlds, awakening emotions? Then our creative writing workshop in Spanish is perfect for you! In this workshop, we offer a welcoming and stimulating space where you can explore your creativity and develop your writing skills. Whether you’re a beginner or someone with experience, come and immerse yourself in a world of words and possibilities, and discover the writer within you! Language: Spanish. Age 14+

¡Descubre tu voz creativa en nuestro taller de escritura! ¿Alguna vez has soñado con escribir historias que te transporten mundos imaginarios, despertando emociones? ¡Entonces nuestro taller de escritura creativa en español es perfecto para ti! En nuestro taller, ofrecemos un espacio acogedor y estimulante donde puedes explorar tu creatividad y desarrollar tus habilidades de escritura. Ya seas un escritor principiante o alguien con experiencia, nuestro taller está diseñado para adaptarse a todos los niveles. Aquí, te sumergirás en un mundo de palabras y posibilidades, y encontrarás inspiración en cada esquina. ¡Descubre al escritor/a que llevas dentro de ti!

700 baht

The Art of Mixology...with a Thai Twist

The Parlor at The Standard, Bangkok Mahanakhon

16:00-18:00 Sat. 4 November

Join acclaimed culinary writer and all-around party starter Kay Plunkett-Hogge and award-winning mixologist Khunn “Milk” Thanaworachayakit for conversation and a cocktail class featuring Thai ingredients that will shake up your cocktail game. The author of 12 cookbooks including Make Mine a Martini and Baan: Recipes and Stories From My Thai Home, Kay and Milk will show you how to mix up three drinks (Pad Thai Punch, anyone?) in this interactive session. Cocktails will be served! This session is in English. 

850 baht. Booking required.  

Imagined Imagination : How Far Can Thai Fiction Go?

British Club Stage

15:00-15:50 Sun. 5 November

Imagination is often regarded as an integral part of fiction, yet we rarely talk about how to foster it. And it’s inherently cultural; it can shrink or expand depending on the place it is bound to. Given the constraints that exist within our context, Thai writers examine whether Thai people are encouraged to exercise their imaginations, and how far the boundaries can be pushed. Featuring fiction writer and columnist Nhotti Sasiwimon, versatile novelist Prapt, and innovative writer and artist Uten Mahamit in conversation with Pariyapa Amornwanichsarn, literature advocate and cultural diplomat. Thai w/ English translation.

Books Are Magic

Neilson Hays Library Stage

10:00-10:50 Sun. 5 November

How writing—and reading—help us imagine the world as we want it to be. Indonesian short story writer and poet Norman Erikson Pasaribu, Spanish novelist Elia Barceló, and Japanese novelist Toshikazu Kawaguchi discuss their inventive, imaginative, time-traveling, mythical, and sci-fi narratives with fellow author Shivani Sivagurunathan. English w/ Thai translation.

Bad Actors?

Neilson Hays Library Stage

11:00-11:50 Sun. 5 November

One is accused of suppressing dissent, jailing critics, discriminating against minorities and censoring the internet. So is the other. So why is India embraced and China isolated by the West? And why do they seem to care so little about each other’s supposed abuses? The novelist, screenwriter, and keen political commentator Manu Joseph and investigative reporter Liza Lin, author of Surveillance State: Inside China’s Quest to Launch a New Era of Social Control, debate Asia’s emerging superpowers and the decline of global democracy. In discussion with Nisid Hajari, author of Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition. English w/ Thai translation.

Crafting History in Fact and Fiction

Neilson Hays Library Stage

12:00-12:50 Sun. 5 November

Using the arc of actual events can make for a powerful narrative, but how is history handled differently by fiction and non-fiction writers? Best-selling novelist Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai and best-selling narrative nonfiction writer Adam Higginbotham dissect the responsibilities and complications of presenting the truth. In conversation with Fred Hogge, author of Of Ice and Men: How We’ve Used Cold to Transform Humanity. English w/ Thai translation.

Grappling With the Real World

Neilson Hays Library Stage

13:00-13:50 Sun. 5 November

How writers mine the mundane, everyday details of real life to craft both fiction and nonfiction narratives that are full of meaning. Featuring the award-winning Filipino novelist Glenn Diaz and noted Thai essayist, translator, and writer Tomorn Sookpreecha in conversation with journalist Lisa Martin. English w/ Thai translation.

Manu Joseph: It's Not Funny, But It's Funny

Neilson Hays Library Stage

14:00-14:50 Sun. 5 November

Journalist. Novelist. Screenwriter. Netflix show creator. This multihyphenate is one of the most original voices to come out of India, with a sardonic wit that shines in his weekly column for the Indian newspaper Mint, in his novels including Serious Men, which won the PEN Open Book Award and was adapted into a Netflix movie, and in his new comedy series, “Decoupled”. Find out how he gets away with being critical, subversive, and endlessly challenging in a country that’s increasingly intolerant of independent voices. In conversation with producer and former journalist Cod Satrusayang. English w/ Thai translation.

Is Class Everything?

Neilson Hays Library Stage

15:00-15:50 Sun. 5 November

From Shakespeare to Jane Austen and Frances Trollope, class has served as an endless muse. Today’s writers discuss how the unspoken rules of society remain one of the most compelling, important subjects for fiction and nonfiction authors alike.

Featuring novelist Emma Larkin, author of Comrade Aeon’s Field Guide to Bangkok; economist Shrayana Bhattacharya, author of Desperately Seeking Shah Rukh, and novelist Sunisa Manning, author of A Good True Thai. In conversation with journalist Gwen Robinson. English w/ Thai translation.

Bernardine Evaristo: Manifesto

Neilson Hays Library Stage

16:00-16:50 Sun. 5 November

When she won the Booker Prize in 2019, Bernardine Evaristo was hailed as an “overnight success.” But in truth, she’d been working and struggling toward that moment for 40 years. Aptly subtitled “On Never Giving Up,” her memoir chronicles what it took to keep going, keep creating, and keep believing in herself, and offers inspiration to everyone who sees themselves in her story. In conversation with Elia Barceló, author of dozens of novels including The Long Shadows. English w/ Thai translation.

Books for Living: How Reading Can Save You

Neilson Hays Library Stage

17:00-17:50 Sun. 5 November

Will Schwalbe’s Books For Living is a celebration of books, and the meaning and power we find in them. Catch him in conversation with breakout Thai novelist Pim Wangtechawat; publisher Edmund Wee; and fiction and nonfiction author Emma Larkin on the books that got them through life. English w/ Thai translation.

Screening: Decoupled with creator Manu Joseph

Neilson Hays Library Stage

18:30 Sun. 5 November

Journalist, novelist, and Netflix show creator Manu Joseph’s satirical humor shines in his new comedy series that skewers the pretensions of upper class Indians and examines the state of modern marriage. The hour-long, two-episode screening is followed by a Q&A with the audience and a conversation with fellow screenwriter Fred Hogge, author of Of Ice and Men: How We’ve Used Cold to Transform Humanity. Screening is in English with Thai subtitles. Q&A is in English.

Can Southeast Asia Sell?

British Club Stage

10:00-10:50 Sun. 5 November

Publishers Narisa Chakrabongse of Thailand’s River Books, Edmund Wee of Singapore’s Epigram Books, and Palin Ansusinha of soi squad discuss the challenges and joys, the ups and downs, the ins and outs of book publishing in Southeast Asia. In conversation with Eric Oey, CEO of Tuttle Publishing. English w/ Thai translation.

Saving Our Seas with Dr. Thon Thamrongnawasawat

British Club Stage

11:00-11:50 Sun. 5 November

One of Thailand’s foremost marine scientists, Dr. Thon Thamrongnawasawat was behind the controversial decision to close Maya Bay and has championed everything from plastic bag bans to coral reef restoration. Although rising sea level temperatures, marine pollution, and the devastation of Thailand’s coral reefs—Dr. Thon estimates only 5-8% remain in tact—are serious problems that call for urgent action, he is living proof that we can make a difference. An engaging communicator, he shares the heartbreaking realities of his work while laying out the case for hope, and explains why now is the time for action. Thai w/ English translation.

A special environment session by ThaiBev, C-asean, and Bangkok Marriott Hotel the Surawongse.

Telling On Your Family

British Club Stage

12:00-12:50 Sun. 5 November

 Writing about your family and friends can be uniquely rewarding–and fraught with danger. The writers Will Schwalbe (The End Of Your Life Book Club), Shane Bunnag (Chariot of the Sun), and Sharon Wee (Growing Up in a Nonya Kitchen) have all mined their family histories, and they share the process of making private stories public. Join them as they delve into the challenges, discoveries, and delicate decisions involved, and dole out advice for anyone considering writing about their own families. In conversation with Sonam Wangmo Dukpa, editor of Bhutan’s Yeewong Magazine. English w/ Thai translation.

What's Zen Got to Do With it?

The British Club Stage

13:00-13:50 Sun. 5 November

Mihoko Iida, longtime editor at Vogue Japan and author of Japanese Interiors, examines the enduring appeal of Japanese design and the elements that make it so distinctive–and so different from Western traditions. Architect Chatpong “Chat” Chuenrudeemol gives his take on how it compares to the improvisational and adaptive nature of Thai design. Catch them in conversation with Gwen Robinson. English w/ Thai translation.

I Have A Dream

British Club Stage

14:00-14:50 Sun. 5 November

The term human rights is used so often that it can start to feel abstract. But for some, it’s a concept that is immediate, personal, and anything but abstract. The writer Souvankham Thammavongsa was born in a Lao refugee camp, and went on to win The Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada’s most prestigious literary award. Angkhana Neelapaijit was thrust into the role of activist when her husband was kidnapped and disappeared. Since then, she’s advocated for the rights of women, asylum seekers, refugees, and more. They speak with Andreas Harsono of Human Rights Watch Indonesia about how the dream of human rights has—and hasn’t—defined their lives. English w/ Thai translation.

Hello Darkness

British Club Stage

16:00-16:50 Sun. 5 November

It takes a special talent to make loneliness, despair, and isolation appealing on the page. Malaysian novelist Shivani Sivagurunathan, Filipino novelist Glenn Diaz, and Thai short story writer Mai Nardone discuss the challenge of drawing out the light found within darkness, cruelty, and oppression. In conversation with journalist Lisa Martin. English w/ Thai translation.

Examining Thai Journalism In the Internet Age

British Club Stage

17:00-17:50 Sun. 5 November

For better or worse, social media and the internet have transformed journalism. They shape how a story is told, and therefore how “newsworthy” it is. As a result of the increasing reliance on these platforms, journalism is currently experiencing an existential crisis, one that requires an urgent assessment of its integrity and quality. Featuring Orapin Yingyongpattana of Thairath Online, Kriddikorn Padermkurkulpong, and Worapoj Panpong of Nan Dialogue in conversation with Panis Phosriwungchai of The101.world. Thai w/English translation.

Workshop F: Introduction to English Roundhand Calligraphy

Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse

9:00-10:30 Sun. 5 November

Beginning with a study of the beautiful and classic 18th century script presented in English Roundhand by George Bickham, this class provides a fun introduction to calligraphy. It gets you acquainted with the  fundamental strokes, and explains the mysteries of minuscules, spacing, and ligature. Through demonstration and practice, participants will learn to combine basic strokes into letters, and how to connect letters into words. Language: English & Thai. Age 16+

1,600 baht

Workshop G: Introduction to Botanical Watercolor Illustration

Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse

11:00-12:30 Sun. 5 November

A rare opportunity to learn from Syarifah Nadhirah, the celebrated Malaysian visual artist, textile designer, author of Recalling Forgotten Tastes, and a featured speaker in the Bangkok Literature Festival. In this hands-on creative workshop, she will introduce you to the beautiful array of Malaysian and Thai flora, and teach you the fundamentals of capturing their essence. Suitable for beginners, the class will delve into the principles of color choices and the basic watercolor techniques needed to create your own botanical artwork. Language: English. Age 16+

1,200 baht

Workshop H: art4d Creative Writing Workshop

Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse

13:00-16:30 Sun. 5 November

แม้ว่าเหตุผลของการเขียนมีร้อยแปดพันเก้า แต่เราเชื่อว่าปัญหาส่วนใหญ่ของคนอยากเขียนคือ ‘ไม่รู้จะเขียนอะไร’  art4d ขอเชิญชวนมาหาวิธีใหม่ๆ ในการเริ่มต้นงานเขียน ผ่านสิ่งตั้งต้นที่ต่างกันสามแบบ ที่นำไปสู่งานเขียนสามชิ้นในรูปแบบของคุณเอง. 1,400 บาท.

Interested in exploring creative writing but feel like you don’t know where to start? Or maybe you worry you don’t have any good ideas?  The creative team at art4d magazine invites everyone to discover exciting new approaches to writing. We’ll explore the process of  creative idea generation using three different starting points, leading to three pieces of  writing in your own unique style. Language: Thai 

1,400 baht

Workshop I: Basic Book Binding

Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse

17:00-18:30 Sun. 5 November

Basic Book Binding Workshop 

Learn how to create your own one-of-a-kind pocket-sized drawing notebook with experienced bookbinder Lori Hermano of Art Lava Studio. She’ll teach you the art of traditional coptic stitch binding and open up a world of creative possibilities. Language: English. Age: 9+

1,200 baht

Closing Session. Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai: Reclaiming the Story of Vietnam

Chakrabongse Villas

18:00 Sun. 5 November

She didn’t set out to rewrite history, but in a way she has. Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai’s first novel in English, The Mountains Sing, presents the full sweep of the Việt Nam War from the perspective of one family who lived through it—and in the process challenges the dominant narrative of the conflict. Her second novel, Dust Child, is a humane examination of war’s long emotional fallout. A gifted poet, she discusses her work with fellow writer Souvankham Thammavongsa, whose own family was displaced by the same war. This session is in English and dinner to follow.

Terrace Ticket: 1,200 baht (SOLD OUT). Talk is viewed in-person and dinner takes place on the river terrace of Chakrabongse Villas.
Garden Ticket: 900 baht.
Talk is viewed through a livestream and dinner takes place in the garden of Chakrabongse Villas.
Booking required.