Putsata Reang and Rachel Mann

This special virtual program, hosted by Nottingham’s Five Leaves Bookshop as part of a series of programs featuring writers in the UNESCO Cities of Literature network, of which Seattle - and Nottingham - are part, features Seattle writer Putsata Reang in conversation with British Anglican priest, poet, and feminist theologian Rachel Mann. Putsata Reang’s captivating first book, Ma and Me: A Memoir (MCD/Farrar, Straus & Giroux). This is a book deeply informed by the Pacific Northwest of the US - her family coming as refugees from Cambodia to Oregon, and then adult life which has meant coming to live and work in Seattle - but also the larger world, including return to Cambodia to work as an adult. Also central to this book’s beauty is the part of realizing she was queer, then coming to openly embrace and live that - despite some family challenges.

"Compelling, accomplished . . . Food, language, family, career, displacement, community, and love form a powerful web in this brave, deep think of a life-telling about expectations and the stories that bind us to, and divide us from, those we love." —Booklist.

“This beautiful story of struggling to reconcile love, family, and identity with generational trauma belongs on every queer immigrant's shelf. For those of us who know how it is to always fall between two worlds, Ma and Me is not heartbreaking but heart-healing.” — Nicola Griffith. 

With Putsata Reang in this program will be Rachel Mann, whose most recent books are a collection of poetry, A Kingdom of Love (Carcanet) and a debut novel, The Gospel of Eve (D.L.T.).

Please see our friends at Five Leaves’ website for ordering her books.

Presented by Five Leaves Bookshop in partnership with Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, Seattle UNESCO City of Literature, and Elliott Bay Book Company.




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ISBN: 9780374279264
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Published: MCD - May 17th, 2022

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Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 12:00pm
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