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Seattle Reads presents Thi Bui
Sunday, Apr. 14, 2019, 7 – 8:10 p.m.
Seattle Reads presents Thi Bui
Wherenon-library location
Non-Library LocationOther
AddressCentilia Cultural Center
1660 S. Roberto Maestas Festival St.
AudienceTeens, Adults
LanguageEnglish
SummaryThi Bui will discuss "The Best We Could Do," a haunting memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for a simpler past.
DescriptionThi Bui documents her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves in America. As the child of a country and a war she can’t remember, Bui’s dreamlike artwork brings to life her journey to understanding her own identity in a way that only comics can.

"The Best We Could Do" has made a place for itself in the graphic novel canon and has received 5 starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal, School Library Journal, and Shelf Awareness. It was also nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award in the autobiography category and made it onto over thirty “Best of 2017” lists everywhere from the Washington Post to Entertainment Weekly.

Thi Bui was born in Vietnam three months before the end of the Vietnam War, and came to the United States in 1978 as part of the “boat people” wave of refugees from Southeast Asia. Her debut graphic memoir, The Best We Could Do (Abrams ComicArts, 2017), has been selected as UCLA’s Common Book for 2017, a National Book Critics Circle finalist in autobiography, an Eisner Award finalist in Reality Based Comics, and made several Best of 2017 book lists, including Bill Gates’s top five picks. Bui is also the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of "A Different Pond," a picture book by the poet Bao Phi (Capstone, 2017). Her short comics can be found online at the Nib, PEN America, and BOOM California.

Bui taught high school in New York City and was a founding teacher of Oakland International High School, the first public high school in California for recent immigrants and English learners. Since 2015, she has been a faculty member of the MFA in Comics program at the California College of the Arts. Thi Bui lives in the Bay Area.

Seattle Reads is a “one book, one city” program, where people are encouraged to read and discuss the same book. It’s designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion.

Everyone is invited to participate in Seattle Reads by reading the featured book, joining in a book discussion, and/or attending programs with the featured writer.

Seattle Reads "The Best We Could Do" is presented in partnership with Vietnamese Friendship Association, The Wing Luke, Asian Counseling and Referral Service, Friends of Little Saigon, Book-It Repertory Theatre, and Northwest African American Museum. Seattle Reads "The Best We Could Do" is made possible by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and The Wallace Foundation, with additional support from media sponsors The Seattle Times and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio, and Abrams Books.
View in Catalog"The Best We Could Do" by Thi Bui
NotesLibrary events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.
Contact Phone206-684-4711
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Contact InfoBeacon Hill Branch
Room CapacitySpace is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.
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