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Bestselling Cambodian author Loung Ung speaks with UNHCR

“When you name the things that scare you it gives you power over them” – Bestselling Cambodian author Loung Ung speaks with UNHCR.

Cambodian –born Author, Activist and Lecturer Loung Ung was only 5 years old when the Khmer Rouge ordered the evacuation of her home city of Phnom Penh on 17 April 1975. Four years of violent warfare and genocide ensued. Under the leadership of Pol Pot, two million Cambodians lost their lives, including Loung’s parents and two sisters. read more…

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New Book: The Year of Zero by Ty Seng

Publishers Weekly’s Genocide Survivor’s Story: Seng Ty’s Long Road
Author Seng Ty experienced firsthand the terrors of the Khmer Rouge genocides — horrendous events that left Cambodia ravaged in the 1970s. Within weeks, he and his family went from living a peaceful life in the Cambodian countryside to surviving in conditions comparable to those of a concentration camp. Find this Book!

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Somaly’s Story: ‘I Didn’t Lie.’

MCX100114FESOMALYMAM005-lgAn explosive report in Newsweek last spring raised questions regarding the legitimacy of Cambodian anti-trafficking activist Somaly Mam, tainting the nearly two-decades-long work on behalf of victims that catapulted her into the global spotlight. But how do the allegations hold up? In her first interview since the scandal dominated headlines—and left her career and reputation in shambles—Mam tells her side of things.

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Market Garden Brewery’s Brews & Prose Reading Series a hit!

Good WED! It is official, our Brews & Prose series is a hit! Last night, at our second event, over 100 people came to hear poet Sarah Gridley and author Dan Chaon (author of ‘You Remind me of me’) read. Next month, our speakers will be poet Catherine Wing and Paula McClain, author of The Paris Wife. (I’m a proud mama because I’m a partner at MBG! and a book lover)

Books, Cambodia, Loung Ung

Loung Ung Writes Home

Interview.com April 17, 2012
Fear follows us. It followed Loung Ung from the death-filled Khmer Rouge reign in Cambodia to a hopeful new life in America. In her memoir Lulu In The Sky (Harper Perennial), Loung evocatively shares her journey from bitter, angry young girl lost in the child soldier camps of the Khmer, to rebellious but dreamy American adolescent, longing for the careless freedom of her friends.Read Full Article

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Cleveland Plain Dealer: Loung Ung makes ‘Lulu in the Sky’ shimmer with renewal after the Cambodian killing fields

April 15, 2012
Cleveland Plain Dealer review of Lulu in the Sky

…The final book in her trilogy, “Lulu in the Sky,” is Ung’s account of forging a new life, painfully hammering past and present into one. Central to her story is Clevelander Mark Priemer, Ung’s college sweetheart at St. Michael’s in Vermont. A handsome, optimistic man, Priemer embodies the American belief that we hold our identity in our own hands. He sticks by her as she lurches through the decade after graduation, sometimes facing, more often denying, her trauma… Read Full Review