Linda Mazur has just released her first book, Hidden Houses of Hanoi, chronicling the lives of historic Art Deco houses near Thien Quang Lake. Built in the 1930s by architects inspired by modern Bauhaus designs, they were the homes of many intellectuals, artists, and diplomats throughout the last century.
“The full heat of the ripening season was upon us like a millstone, crushing the juice out of everyone.”
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the acronym that makes your mouth feel full of marbles — lgbtqi (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender — queer/questioning, intersex) — disappeared; if rainbows took back their real meaning; the word gay once again meant bright and happy; pride referred to a group of lions or to deep pleasure and satisfaction; you stepped outdoors if coming out; people could marry whoever they wanted, and same-sex marriage no longer deflected media attention from important issues.
There was once a celebrated Society for Dead Poets. In my opinion, many authors who have died in the past 12 months should also be celebrated. So here goes.
Join Helping Hands Saigon at Coffee Serenade (84 Huynh Van Banh St., Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City) Apr. 23 and 24 for the monthly Book Day event.
If you’ve ever met ex-Hanoi resident Jonathan Gharbi, then you’ll know he’s obsessed with beer and in particular Vietnam’s microbreweries.
Hanoi-based Australian writer, Tim Napper, was honoured last month at the 31st Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement awards.
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Nam Phong Bookstore was founded at the of end 2002 in Ho Chi Minh City as the first and only francophone bookshop in the whole of Vietnam. Only books written in French are for sale, covering for all ages and tastes. A catalogue is available at namphongsaigon.com
Vietnam-based, American writer David Joiner has published his debut novel, Lotusland, which is now available on Guernica.