Connections Brings Author Dana Sachs, Oct. 11

Program part of CSM’s Vietnam War Commemoration

As part of the College of Southern Maryland’s Fall Connections Series and its year-long commemoration of the Vietnam War, author Dana Sachs will present a discussion of her novel “If You Lived Here.” The program will begin at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 11, at the La Plata Campus, Center for Business & Industry Room BI-103, Dr. John M. Sine Conference Room, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata.

Sachs has written about Vietnam for 20 years. Her works include “The Life We Were Given: Operation Babylift,” “International Adoption and the Children of War in Vietnam,” “The House on Dream Street: Memoir of an American Woman in Vietnam,” “If You Lived Here” and “The Secret of the Nightingale Palace.” In addition, she co-authored “Two Cakes Fit for a King: Folktales from Vietnam.” Sachs teaches at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and lives in North Carolina.

In the novel “If You Lived Here,” 42year-old Shelley Marino's desperate yearning for a child has led her to one of the only doors still open to her: foreign adoption. It is a decision that strains and ultimately shatters her relationship with her husband, Martin, the veteran of an Asian war who cannot reconcile what Shelley wants with what he knows about the world. The decision unites her with Mai, who emigrated from Vietnam decades ago and has now acquired the accoutrements of the American dream in an effort to dull the memory of the tragedy that drove her from her homeland. As a powerful friendship is forged, two women embark on a life-altering journey to the world Mai left behind to confront the stark realities of a painful past and embrace the promise of the future. 

This Connections program is part of CSM’s Vietnam War Commemoration effort, which will examine works about the children of war, the Vietnam refugee experience, and the combat experience and its impact on veterans. For information on other events, visit www.csmd.edu/vietnamwar50th.

CSM’s Connections Series features award-winning contemporary writers, poets and artists who share their work with Southern Maryland residents.

Tickets are $3 through advance sale at the CSM box office and $3 at the door with a student ID. General admission at the door is $5. For tickets, contact the box office at bxoffc@csmd.edu or call 301-934-7828. For information on Connections, study guides and author links visit www.csmd.edu/connections. Featured books are available at any CSM College Store or online at www.csmd.edu/CollegeStore.

 

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CSM’s Connections Literary Series: Author Dana Sachs. 7:30 p.m., Oct. 11, College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Center for Business & Industry Room BI-103, Dr. John M. Sine Conference Room, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. As part of the College of Southern Maryland’s Fall Connections Series and its year-long commemoration of the Vietnam War, author Dana Sachs will present a discussion of her novel “If You Lived Here” and “The Life We Were Given.” The Connections Series features award-winning contemporary writers, poets and artists who share their work with Southern Maryland residents. Tickets are $3 through advance sale at the CSM box office and $3 at the door with a student ID. Featured books are available for purchase at the CSM Bookstore. General admission at the door is $5. bxoffc@csmd.edu or 301-934-7828.

 

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