Thursday, May 28
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
via Facebook Live on the library’s Facebook Page
Thomas Memorial Library is proud to present a reading and Q&A with Maine’s own Phuc Tran, author of the recently released Sigh, Gone: A Misfit’s Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In.
In 1975, during the fall of Saigon, Phuc Tran immigrates to America along with his family. By sheer chance they land in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, a small town where the Trans struggle to assimilate into their new life. In this coming-of-age memoir told through the themes of great books such as The Metamorphosis, The Scarlet Letter, The Iliad, and more, Tran navigates the push and pull of finding and accepting himself despite the challenges of immigration, feelings of isolation, and teenage rebellion, all while attempting to meet the rigid expectations set by his immigrant parents.
Don’t miss out on this. NPR called Sigh, Gone “just right” – we agree and hope you’ll find out with us.
Phuc Tran was born in Sài Gòn Việt Nam; his family fled to America in 1975, and he grew up in Carlisle PA. Reared on a steady diet of Saturday morning cartoons, John Hughes, Star Wars, Bones Brigade videos, and bootlegged cassettes of Minor Threat and TSOL, Phuc graduated high school in 1991. He majored in Classical Languages and Literature at Bard College, got his Master’s Degree at University of Massachusetts Amherst, and then moved to New York City in 1997. There he apprenticed to be a tattooer while teaching Latin during the day, and he’s been teaching and tattooing ever since. Following in the footsteps of E.B. White (who was neither a tattooer nor Latin teacher), Phuc and his wife left the city and moved to Maine in 2003 where they opened their shop, Tsunami Tattoo.