Dr Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, author of “The Mountains Sing”, joins Room to Read Author Advocates
SAN FRANCISCO – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Dr. Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai has joined Room to Read’s Authors and illustrators defenders, a global network of book content creators who share a common passion for the power of storytelling to bring diverse experiences to life and bridge gaps. The network engages widely recognized bestselling authors and illustrators in activities that support Room to Read’s mission and promote the power of literacy and books to change the world.
“Growing up in rural Vietnam, I have personally witnessed how books can change lives, empower people and help them become compassionate citizens of the world,” said Quế Mai. “I am delighted to be working with Room to Read to help improve equal access. from children to books and educational opportunities so that no child is left behind as we work together to build a more inclusive and just world. In particular, I look forward to helping girls pursue their studies and chosen life paths, expanding access to school libraries in very poor areas and fostering a culture of literacy and love for reading in Vietnam.
Quế Mai is the author of eleven books of poetry, short fiction and non-fiction films in Vietnamese and English. His writing in Vietnamese received the 2010 Poetry of the Year Award from the Hanoi Writers Association, the Capital Literature and Arts Award, and the First Prize in the Poetry Competition Celebrating 1000 Years of Hanoi. His first novel and first book in English, “The Mountains Sing“, is an international bestseller and has won several international book prizes and awards, including the 2021 International Book Awards and the Lannan Literary Award Fellowship 2020 for “outstanding work” and “contribution to peace and reconciliation “. Her second novel in English, “Dust Child”, is set in Vietnam and will be published by Algonquin Books. She was named by Forbes Vietnam as one of 20 Inspirational Women of 2021.
Born in a small village in northern Vietnam, Quế Mai emigrated with her family to the Mekong Delta at the age of six. A scholarship enabled her to travel outside of Vietnam and attend the University of Melbourne, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in management and business administration from Monash University. She also holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Lancaster University in the UK. She founded the Chắp Cánh Ước Mơ volunteer group in Vietnam and helped set up libraries at the National Pediatric Hospital and K Tam Hiệp Hospital for Children Living with Cancer. She believes in the impact and power of storytelling and has worked with her refugee students in Indonesia on an anthology of their own writings.
Room to Read author and illustrator contribute exclusive Room to Read content Reading Club members, participate in events and campaigns for Room to Read supporters, as well as programmatic activities in the communities where Room to Read operates, such as capacity-building workshops for local authors and illustrators and life skills sessions focusing on gender equality.
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