Author Duanwad Pimwana visits from Thailand to discuss her novel and a short story collection with translator Mui Poopoksakul. Bright is the first novel to be published in English by a Thai woman (Two Lines Press, 2019). Left behind by his family, a five-year-old boy has adventures that are both hilarious and sad with arguing neighbors, other children, a shopkeeper going broke, and dueling flea marketers.
“Readers will enjoy Kampol’s antics, the colorful side characters, and glimpses of Thai culture in this melancholy-tinged but still exuberant novel.” -Publishers Weekly
Arid Dreams (Feminist Press at CUNY, 2019) is a short story collection featuring various urbanized villagers navigating their fast-changing world and gender roles.
Pimwana’s characters, whether they are truck drivers or farmers, doctors or prisoners, are realized with depth, affection, and a good degree of humor.
About the Presenter
Duanwad Pimwana (b. 1969) is an important female voice in contemporary Thai literature. She won the S.E.A. Write Award in 2003, Southeast Asia’s most prestigious literary prize, an award from PEN International Thailand, and others. Mui Poopoksakul is a lawyer-turned-translator with a special interest in contemporary Thai literature.
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