Winner of the 2020 New England Independent Booksellers Association New England Book Award for Non-Fiction!
On Sunday, October 11th at 4pm, the Toadstool Bookshops in Keene, Peterborough, and Nashua will host author, classicist, educator, and tattooist Phuc Tran presenting and discussing his memoir Sigh, Gone: A Misfit’s Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In in a free online event via Zoom.
Phuc Tran immigrated to America along with his family during the fall of Saigon in 1975 and landed in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, a small town where the Trans struggled 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. Sigh, Gone explores one man's bewildering experiences of abuse, racism, and tragedy and reveals redemption and connection in books and punk rock. Against the hairspray-and-synthesizer backdrop of the '80s, he finds solace and kinship in the wisdom of classic literature, and in the subculture of punk rock, he finds affirmation and echoes of his disaffection. In his journey for self-discovery Tran ultimately finds refuge and inspiration in the art that shapes--and ultimately saves--him.
Phuc Tran has been a high school Latin teacher for more than twenty years while also simultaneously establishing himself as a highly sought-after tattooer in the Northeast. Tran graduated Bard College in 1995 with a BA in Classics and received the Callanan Classics Prize. His 2012 TEDx talk "Grammar, Identity, and the Dark Side of the Subjunctive" was featured on NPR's Ted Radio Hour. He has also been an occasional guest on Maine Public Radio, discussing grammar; the Classics; and Strunk and White's legacy. He currently tattoos at and owns Tsunami Tattoo in Portland, Maine, where he lives with his family.
To attend this event, click HERE on Sunday, October 11th at 4pm!
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Meeting ID: 931 1750 2927