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Guest Author E. M. Tran Giving Reading April 20 as Part of College's Cultural Programs Series

Fiction and creative nonfiction writer reading from her debut novel, Daughters of the New Year, during free public event

Article by Rosa Linda Reynoso

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Over a short time, author E. M. Tran is becoming successful reaching readers worldwide with an immersive and engaging brand of storytelling. And, on Thursday, April 20, the American fiction and creative nonfiction writer will read from her debut novel, Daughters of the New Year (2022), as guest author of Del Mar College’s (DMC) Cultural Programs Series and the Department of English and Philosophy. 

The FREE reading begins at 2 p.m. in Wolfe Recital Hall located in the Fine Arts Center Music Building on DMC’s Heritage Campus, 101 Baldwin Blvd. (78404). Get online directions and campus mapThis event is open to the public.

For more information, contact Assistant Professor of English Dr. Scott Obernesser, at sobernesser@delmar.edu.

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Published by Hanover Square Press/HarperCollins, Daughters of the New Year is set in New Orleans that moves back in time through at least five generations of Vietnamese mothers and daughters. One story follows Xuan Trung, a former beauty queen who becomes a refugee following the fall of Saigon to the North Vietnamese Army in 1975. In divining her daughters’ lives through the use of their Vietnamese Zodiac signs, Trung seeks to discover their individual fates. Each daughter has her own story that comes alive, telling each one’s history of who they are as their secrets each come to the surface as “daughters of the New Year.”   

Speaking to her own experiences, Tran’s Daughters of the New Year provides an insight into her life, and the novel has received great reviews. Because many of Tran’s writings can be found online, an even wider range of readers find her work easily accessible. Tran’s stories, essays and reviews can be found in the Georgia ReviewLiterary HubJoyland MagazineLos Angeles Review of Books and Harvard Review Online, among others. 

Additionally, her essay for Prairie Schooner won a Nonfiction Prize, a Glenna Luschei Award and was listed as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays in 2018. 

Tran earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Mississippi and a doctoral degree in creative writing from Ohio University. She was born, raised and currently lives in New Orleans with her husband and two dogs.

For more information about the author, visit www.elizabethmtran.com


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