With so many author tours being canceled, Debutiful has invited any author who had events canceled or postponed due to coronavirus to do a reading and a brief interview as part of the Digital Book Tour podcast series.Continue reading “Digital Book Tour – Michael Zapata, The Lost Book of Adana Moreau”
The official first episode (after the supersized ‘pilot’ that featured four authors) features Emma Copley Eisenberg. Her debut book is called The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia.Continue reading “Podcast Episode 01: Emma Copley Eisenberg, author of ‘The Third Rainbow Girl’”
Time, family, and memory. Those were what was on Meng Jin’s mind as she began writing her debut novel, Little Gods. These questions drove her to write a layered novel about a mother from Beijing during the Tiananmen Square protests and her daughter, living in America, decades later.Continue reading “Meng Jin explores personal and global histories in her debut ‘Little Gods’”
In his debut novel, Bangkok Wakes to Rain, Pitchaya Sudbanthad threads together woven stories set in his birthplace to piece together a reveal a history reaching back in time to the near future.
Though the author was born in Thailand, he was raised in Saudi Arabia as well as America, all of which influenced his writing. His desire to write about Bangkok stems from his yearly visits there where he has an intimate understanding of the city but still feels like a visitor every time.
The novel’s many narratives include an American doctor nearly a century ago, a Thai photographer in the 1970s living in Los Angeles, and a Thai restauranter living working in Japan. These characters, and more, all reveal the beautifully rich interworkings of the city’s politics, neighborhoods, and relationships.
I spoke with the author about crafting his debut novel, how place influenced his work, and Thailand’s cultural exports.Continue reading “Pitchaya Sudbanthad on the culture and history in ‘Bangkok Wakes to Rain’”