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4941 Long Avenue

White Bear Lake, MN 55110

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Celebrated writer and illustrator, Thi Bui will visit Hanifl Performing Arts Center and Century College on Tuesday, September 12th to present her illustrated memoir—The Best We Could Do.

In what Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen calls “a book to break your heart and heal it,” The Best We Could Do (Abrams ComicArts) explores the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child. Thi Bui documents her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves in America. The Best We Could Do is a haunting memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for a simpler past. As the child of a country and a war she can’t remember, Bui’s dreamlike artwork brings to life her journey to understanding her own identity in a way that only comics can.

Since the publication in March 2017, The Best We Could Do has made a place for itself in the graphic novel canon and has received 5 starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Library Journal, School Library Journal, and Shelf Awareness. It was also nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award in the autobiography category and made it onto over thirty “Best of 2017” lists everywhere from the Washington Post to Entertainment Weekly. Thi Bui is a rising star in the comics and literary world, and her debut work is not to be missed.

Bui’s visit will include two public events on Tuesday, September 12th:

  • 9-11am | Hanifl Performing Arts Center | Presentation, Q&A, and book signing
  • 7:30-9pm | Century College East Campus Lincoln Mall | Presentation, Q&A, and book signing

These events are free and open to the public with priority seating for registered attendees. Please register for your ticket here. For additional resources: http://libguides.century.edu/bestwecoulddo

Special thanks to event sponsors: The community group, Many Faces—Many Stories, including Century College, City of White Bear Lake, Greater White Bear Area Community Foundation, Lakeshore Players, Mahtomedi Public Schools, White Bear Center for the Arts, White Bear Area Historical Society, and White Bear Lake Area Schools.

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