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Thi Bui: The Best We Could Do
Reading and Discussion

October 24 2019

When 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Where Cleveland Institute of Art, Peter B Lewis Theater

Celebrated artist and author Thi Bui

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Celebrated artist and author Thi Bui visits CIA on Thursday, October 24 to offer a reading from her illustrated memoir, The Best We Could Do, which was selected to be the summer reading for CIA's incoming class.

A reception will take place from 5:30 to 6:15pm, with the reading to follow.

Thi Bui was born in Vietnam and came to the United States in 1978 as part of the "boat people" wave of refugees fleeing Southeast Asia at the end of the Vietnam War. Her debut graphic memoir, The Best We Could Do (Abrams ComicArts, 2017) has been selected for a 2018 American Book Award, as UCLA's Common Book for 2017, a National Book Critics Circle finalist in autobiography, and an Eisner Award finalist in reality-based comics, and made over thirty best of 2017 book lists, including Bill Gates' top five picks. She also won a Caldecott Honor for illustrating the picture book, A Different Pond, written by the poet Bao Phi (Capstone, 2017). Her short comics can be found online at The Nib, PEN America, and BOOM California. She is currently researching and drawing a work of graphic nonfiction about immigrant detention and deportation, to be published by One World, Random House.



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