Books, Cambodia, Loung Ung, Uncategorized

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)

Cambodia, Cambodian Tribunal, Uncategorized

Another Mass Grave discovered in Cambodia…

Meanwhile, here on earth…in a remote village in Cambodia, another sad discovery… LU
Cambodia, Uncategorized

Team Cambodia played great Olympic Games!

Team Cambodia didn’t win any medal but as Pierre de Cobertin, the French educator credited with being responsible for the revival of the Olympic games said in 1894, “The important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part, the essential thing in life is not conquiering but fighting well.”
Team Cambodian fought bravely, so in the spirit of a fan, I send my bravos to the Cambodian athletics and others like them out there who played a great game. Peace & Cheers, LU



Beer. Proetry. Prose. What’s not to like?

The Market Garden Brewery Reading Series. 
Beer. Poetry. Prose. Two of Cleveland’s most exciting writers headline a new monthly reading series at one of Cleveland’s most exciting venues. Readings will be about thirty minutes long with a ten minute intermission. Books will be available to purchase and can and signed after the readings. Come drink local microbrews and listen to local masterpieces.

And plan ahead:

Tuesday, July 10 @7PM: Philip Metres and Loung Ung
Tuesday, August 7 @7PM: Dan Chaon and Sarah Gridley
Tuesday, September 4 @7PM: Paula McLain and Catherine Wing
Tuesday, October 2 @ 7PM: George Bilgere and Thrity Umrigar

to purchase and can onsite… Read More about it: click here.



Loung Ung reads ‘Lulu in the Sky’ in Burlington, VT on June 9

Saturday, June 9, South Burlington, VT
@3:00PM, Barnes & Noble info.
102 Dorset Stre
et, S. Burlington, VT 05403,  802-864-8001

 Former Vermonter, Activist, Cambodian genocide survivor, and bestselling memoirist Loung Ung returns with LULU IN THE SKY: A Daughter of Cambodia Finds Love, Healing, and Double Happiness (HarperPerennial; April 2012), the eagerly anticipated conclusion to the trilogy that began with First They Killed My Father — a national bestseller and the recipient of a 2001 Asian/Pacific American Librarian’s Association award for Excellence in Adult Non-Fiction Literature. With First They Killed My Father, Ung gives an unflinching account of the Cambodian killing fields, where she lost her parents, two of her sisters, and twenty other family members. Her following book, the critically-acclaimed Lucky Child, chronicles Loung’s story of growing up as a refugee in Essex Junction, and that of her sister Chou in Cambodia.

In Lulu in the Sky, Loung reveals her daily struggle to keep darkness and depression at bay while she attends college at Saint Michael’s College and falls in love with Mark, a Midwestern archetype of American optimism. Lulu is a story of Loung’s tentative steps into love, activism, and marriage—a journey that takes her back to Cambodia to reconnect with her mother’s spirit and to a vocation that focused on healing the landscape of her birth.

 In her acknowledgements, Loung gives thanks to Ellis Severance, her ninth-grade teacher who encouraged her to write, and to… “the community in Essex Junction, where kindness is abundant.  There was no better place for me to heal.”  For more information, visit