Alice pung s first book, unpolished gem, is an australian bestseller which won the australian book industry newcomer of the year award and was shortlisted in the victorian and nsw premiers literary awards. Alice was the first asianaustralian author she read. Alice pung is a melbourne author whose awardwinning books include unpolished gem, her fathers daughter and laurinda. Its a launch of a short stories compilation book called the growing up asian in australia. Thank you for signing up to our launch of taking down evelyn tait by poppy. Alice pung this delightful collection brings together alice pung s most loved writing, on migration, family, identity, art and more. Nor does it contain any wild swans or falling leaves. A book launch is the activity created around the publication of a book, either traditionally or digitally. Includes a free chapter of alice pung s new book her fathers daughter. Alices books are studied in secondary schools and universities in australia as well as the united states, and she has. To have one of your literary and educational heroes johns also the principal of candlebark launch your book and then to find out that he is funnier, kinder and more wonderful than you imagined is pretty awesome. Digital rights management drm the publisher has supplied this book in encrypted form, which means that you need to install free software in order to unlock and read it.
Alice was born in footscray, victoria, a month after her parents kuan and kien arrived in australia. Laurinda is alice pung s first fiction novel and features a teenage girl, lucy lam, who is awarded the inaugural equal access scholarship to the exclusive laurinda ladies college. Close to home by alice pung overdrive rakuten overdrive. Alice pung is an australian author whose awardwinning books span the genres of memoir, nonfiction, anthology, young adult and childrens fiction. Aug 02, 2017 alice pung will launch hoa phams new novella, lady of the realm.
Alice is an ambassador for the twentieth man foundation, the 100 story building and room to read, all organisations that encourage literacy. In a wonderland called footscray, a girl named alice and her chinesecambodian family pursue the australian dream asian style. Her followup memoir, her fathers daughter, was published in 2011. But for a few kids, i hope that i can pass on that feeling, an urge to share their own stories and raise their voices. I recently met another asianaustralian writer who loved alice pungs unpolished gem. Alice is an awardwinning writer, journalist and essayist. The kids were engaged and responded well to her presentation. Her first book, the memoir unpolished gem, won the australian book industry newcomer of the year award. Lucy and linh by alice pung was earlier published in australia in 2014 under the title laurinda but is just now being brought over to the u. Her presentation was great she really engaged the kids she was funny and.
Melissa chambers this story does not begin on a boat. During the schools program, i spoke with fantastic authors gabrielle wang, kate forsyth and alice pung. Dont try to convince alice pung that she should be embarrassed to credit young adult novels as amongst the most influential of her reading life. Alice pung s new memoir delves into the many facets of her relationship with her chinesecambodian father through the use of anecdotes, reflections, snapshots of history and retold memories. Welcome to the site of alice pung, writer alicepung. Alices latest book, close to home, was launched by helen garner on 21 november 2018, and is now out. Coming to this book almost by chance with no preconception of pungs writing style was perhaps an advantage in appreciating pung and her fathers story. Winner, 2007 australian book industry awards alice pung is a gem. An australian writer grapples with her asian heritage. From the businessmans son unable to pack his own suitcase to the phd student who pulled herself out of extreme rural poverty, these revered little emperors and suns form the emerging face of. Kylie arrived in the green room with her famous smile. Alices books are studied in secondary schools and universities in australia as well as around the world. The bestselling memoir from acclaimed writer alice pung.
Her books include the memoirs unpolished gem 2006, her fathers daughter 2011 and the novel laurinda 2014 pung is a practising solicitor. Alice pungs parents survived and fled the killing fields of cambodia and emigrated to melbourne, australia where alice pung was born and grew up. In place of piety and predictability, however, unpolished gem offers a vivid and ironic sense of both worlds. In a wonderland called footscray, a girl named alice and her chinesecambodian family pursue the australian. Oct 15, 2017 the writers on writers series, published by black inc, is a series of short essays in which acclaimed authors celebrate their favourite writers. Feb 18, 20 australian author alice pung unpolished gem and her fathers daughter talks about. Jul 01, 2011 her fathers daughter is a really quite fascinating account of alice pung s relationship with her father, as well as his suffering in cambodia. Alice s books are studied in secondary schools and universities in australia as well as around the world. Jun 02, 2017 today the book baton is passed to alice pung. A conversation with melbourne writer alice pung about her latest book her fathers daughter alice pung s first novel unpolished gem is an affectionate, sometimes satirical look at growing up in. The character of alina pung in unpolished gem from. She is also the editor of the anthology growing up asian in australia and the author of the marly books in the our australian girl series.
Yarra valley writers festival book club an interactive and engaging monthly book club, taking place at 6. Amy tan theres something striking on every page of unpolished gem. Aug, 2014 i first met alice pung in 2009 at perth writers festival. Justine hyde, director library services and experience at state library victoria will chair this panel with series contributors alice pung and erik jensen. The character of alina pung in unpolished gem from litcharts the creators of sparknotes. My first lesson launch at melbourne writers festival. Pungs first book, unpolished gem, won the 2007 newcomer of the year award in the australian book industry awards. First published in australia in 2006, pungs wry debut memoir depicts the struggles and successes multiple generations of her family experienced in their migrationmuch of it on footfrom cambodias killing fields through vietnam and a refugee camp in thailand to a suburb of melbourne, where the author was born soon after their. Warm, funny, moving and unfailingly honest, this is alice pung at her best. Alice s next book, her fathers daughter, won the western australia premiers award for nonfiction and was shortlisted for the victorian and nsw premiers literary. So then, what was the other session that i managed to go to. The book will be launched in sydney, melbourne, brisbane and perth. She has also worked as an art instructor, independent school teacher at primary and secondary schools and is artist in residence at janet clarke hall at the university of melbourne. Artists from boundless reflect on the writers who have had a profound influence on their lives.
Alice, the first child of her parents union, was born shortly after her familys arrival there. Fleeing the killing fields of the khmer rouge, her parents sought asylum in australia in 1980. How do you stay true to yourself while trying to rise. Author alice pung will launch lee kofmans new book, imperfect. When i was a fledgling author, kylie kwong was one of the contributors to my anthology growing up asian in australia. Alice pung is the author of the bestselling memoirs unpolished gem, which was published by penguin in the united states and has been published in several translations and the awardwinning her fathers daughter. Warm, funny, moving and unfailingly honest, this is alice at her best an irresi. On one level, im out there making kids laugh, getting them excited to read books. Lucy is a bit of a pushover, but shes ambitious and smart, and she has just received the opportunity of a. Divided into four nonchronological parts, her fathers daughter begins in modern china, explores pung s life in melbourne, visits her fathers past in cambodia during the time of. My first lesson launch at melbourne writers festival black inc. Alices books are studied in secondary schools and universities in australia as well as the united states, and she has taught writing workshops to students from the ages of 8 to 80 in australia, china and the states. She followed it with another memoir, her fathers daughter. Alice s first book unpolished gem won the 2007 australian book industry award for newcomer of the year.
The book was good at coveying cultural connections which was what my essay was about an made you have a lot of empathy for alice pung i have seen some other comments i had to read the book for a school essay but but it was very difficult to be engaged with the novel. And did you know alices father named her after the alice in alice in wonderland. Alice pung is an awardwinning writer, editor, teacher and lawyer based in melbourne. Alice pung author of laurinda goodreads share book.
After youre done make sure you come back up to the top and read about how we did it. Warm, funny, moving and unfailingly honest, this is alice at her best an irresistible pleasure for fans and new readers alike. Book launches growing up asian in australia edited by. Join us and hear alice pung speak about this diverse, entertaining collection and enjoy readings by contributors kylie kwong, ivy tseng and tanveer ahmed. Apr 03, 2008 the book will be launched in sydney, melbourne, brisbane and perth. When the book begins, lucy is funny and graced with a sharp, but warm, wit about the world around her. May 26, 2017 xue xinran shares from her 2015 book, buy me the sky, recounting stories of men and women born under chinas singlechild policy instituted in 1979. The launch is designed to attract attention to the title, sell copies, boost the discovery of a new author or alert fans to new work from a favorite author and with a large infusion of luck get a book on or. Author alice pung on her childhood as part of an immigrant. Alice pung s first book, unpolished gem, is an australian bestseller which won the australian book industry newcomer of the year award and was shortlisted in the. May 19, 2016 this site was especially created for students and teachers and anyone generally interested in alices work. It was published in the uk and usa in separate editions and has been translated into several languages including italian, german and indonesian. She likewise hopes that adults will make their way to laurinda. Introduction by annie mccann, with wai chim in conversation with jenna guillaume.
Join authors alice pung and erik jensen to launch writers on writers, a new book series in which six authors reflect on another australian writer who has inspired and influenced them. In unpolished gem, author alice pung successfully describes what it means to be sentenced to be a firstgeneration daughter born to chinese immigrants in australia. Close to home brings together alice pungs most loved writing, on topics such as migration, family, art, belonging and identity. Alice pung speaking out agency book alice to speak at your event. But marly never realised that a new baby would take up so much of everyones time. Ungeschliffener diamant by alice pung nook book ebook. You might have read alice pungs books from the our australian girl series, illustrated by lucia masciullo. Her first book for young adults, laurinda was published in 2014. Alice is an awardwinning author and writes for adults, young adults and children. This powerful work of nonfiction blends memoir with cultural criticism to challenges us all to consider how we exist in the world and how our bodies shape the people we become. Alice pung launches the bridge by enza gandolfo insight.
Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read laurinda. Following the success of alice pungs first ya novel, laurinda, comes a collection of vivid and surprising. I first met enza when i was asked to launch a project she and sue dodd created, called inventory, about op shops, a book accompanied by an art exhibition. We recently celebrated the book with a special event at the melbourne writers festival. Pung was named alice after the protagonist of alice in wonderland, because her father saw australia as a wonderland.
Helen garner unpolished gem is virtuoso storytelling. Alice pungs latest memoir is chockablockfull of powerful imagery. A brilliant collection from one of australias leading writers close to home brings together alice pung s most loved writing, on topics such as migration, family, art, belonging and identity. Alice pung launched the book and spoke wonderfully about enza and her writing. Wai chim was born in new york and now lives in sydney. Her grandmother, father and mother walked through the jungles of vietnam into thailand, where they settled into a refugee camp for a year before they immigrated to australia. Here she shares the personal story that led her to become a room to read writerambassador. It was so amazing to meet alice pung last month at lee kofmans book launch for imperfect. She is the editor of growing up asian in australia and the author of unpolished gem and the upcoming laurinda. The idea shortly after the new year when abby asked me to help with the business side of her blog, we sat down and brainstormed all the ways we could maximize the blogs. Nov 10, 2014 every teen probably does it to a different extent and in laurinda, author alice pung weaves a tale between who lucy is at home, and in her community, and who she has to be as a scholarship student to laurinda, an exclusive girls school.
Amy tan pung s memoir is the spiritual descendant not so much of jung changs wild swans as of sylvia plaths the bell jar. My dad read the book a couple of times and at the launch he was really proud of me. Lucy lams parents are ethnic chinese immigrants to melbourne, australia, via vietnam. The contrast between pung s relatively sheltered life while dealing with her parents concerns and the horrors of cambodia is quite striking. Join us to launch writers on writers, a new book series in which six authors reflect on another australian writer who has inspired and influenced them justine hyde, director library services and experience at state library victoria will chair this panel with series contributors alice pung and erik jensen. She was one of sydney morning heralds young novelists of the year 2015, and the artist in residence at janet clarke hall, the university of melbourne. Alice pung born 1981 is an australian writer, editor and lawyer. It contains interviews, articles, essays, teachers notes, and useful resources. We were all stoked that shed said yes to reading at the book launch in sydney. Its so amazing to see how enthusiastic young festivalgoers are about reading, books and ideas, and i have no doubt that well see some of them back as guests in the future. Alice pung launches the bridge by enza gandolfo the bridge by enza gandolfo was launched as part of the sun bookshops 20th anniversary celebrations. Alice pung is an awardwinning writer, journalist, and essayist. This is an original take on a classic story how a child of immigrants moves between two cultures.
In 2006, alice pung published unpolished gem, her awardwinning memoir of. Pung s first novel but fourth book really hit the spot for me. In festival panels she is straightfaced and uproariously funny. Lucy is the daughter of chinesevietnamese boat immigrants who live in a povvo area of suburban australia. Alice pung s family escaped from pol pots viscous rule in cambodia in 1980. Alice pung launches the bridge by enza gandolfo insight scribe. Set against the backdrop of the vietnam war and its aftermath, hoa tells the story of lien, a buddhist clairvoyant, from her life as a child in a fishing village through the turmoil that descends with war. Alice pungs her fathers daughter is an extraordinary book. Discover book depositorys huge selection of alice pung books online. Alices father, kuan a survivor of pol pots khmer rouge regime named her after lewis carrolls character because after surviving the killing fields, he thought australia was a wonderland. Alice pungs first book, unpolished gem 2006, was the work of a young, amusing and astute writer. But, given the similarities of her experiences to, say, the protagonists in amy tans the joy luck club, she could just as well been born in the united states. Alice helps her read one of alinas childrens books, and they read it three times. She has lectured at universities and schools all around australia and overseas, and taught writing workshops to students from the ages of 8 to 80.
Alice pung, the writer of unpolished gem, her fathers daughter and laurinda writes about john marsden, the author of famed young adult novels including the tomorrow, when the war began series. At twentysomething, alice is eager for the milestones of adulthood. Join us to launch writers on writers, a new book series in which six authors reflect on another australian writer who has inspired and influenced them. Jun 17, 2014 i know youre going to do it anyway so feel free to scroll to the bottom to look at the sales numbers for abbys ebook launch. Alice pungs first book, unpolished gem, is an australian bestseller which won the australian book industry newcomer of the year award and was shortlisted in. The surprising power of a good dumpling launch kinokuniya. While her fathers daughter again makes use of pungs family background she was born in australia to ethnically chinese refugees from pol pots cambodia, her father is at the forefront of this work. Those books really had a big affect on me, more so than any adult book that ive ever read.
She is one of sydney morning heralds young novelists of the year 2015, and the artist in residence at janet clarke hall, the university of melbourne. Alice pung, book launch, cartoons, jonathan franzen, mary delahunty, melbourne, opening night party, sophie cunningham, steve grimwade melbourne writers festival program launches tomorrow jul 28. Growing up asian in australia edited by alice pung. Alice pung is a writer, editor, teacher and lawyer. Its a badge that im happy to carry along to each school and festival i attend. Alice pung once described me as the asian paul jennings. Feb 09, 2019 author alice pung will launch lee kofmans new book, imperfect. My first lesson launch at melbourne writers festival my first lesson is a new anthology of writing by australian highschool students, inspired by laurinda and edited by alice pung. I started my conversation with alice by asking her about the origin of.
Entitled laurinda in its native australia, lucy and linh should be available at your local library or independent bookstore now if not, ask for it. She is the bestselling author of unpolished gem and her fathers daughter and the editor of the anthologies growing up asian in australia. Hes calling up all his friends for the book launch. Her books include unpolished gem and growing up asian in australia. Alice pung is a writer and lawyer who loves teaching. And in the novel laurinda, alice is one of the rising stars of australian writing.654 620 1476 703 80 357 1402 1355 1282 1433 1172 140 1407 671 857 488 163 1509 736 28 354 1198 162 1060 162 1138 1257 620 953 204 1423 243 132