We had an amazing launch party for my novel Dragon Chica co-sponsored by Books Inc. and the publisher GemmaMedia. San Francisco, live music by the Asian American band The Like Me’s, dim sum, a little talk by me about the book, and time to mingle with friends! I feel truly blessed.
For everyone who couldn’t be there in person, I’m putting up photos and videos from the event so you can check it out!
Here’s my photo album: Facebook Fan Page \”Dragon Chica Launch Album\”. (I’ll put up more photos periodically. This is all I had time to post right after the launch.)
We had a wonderful turnout. I will be posting the Q&A, but for now you can watch the videos for the Introductions, my discussion of how I came to write Dragon Chica including my involvement with Cambodian refugees in America since I was 15 years old, and the amazing acoustic version of The Like Me’s hit “Monkey, Dance Monkey.”
I chose to read the excerpt from Dragon Chica that I thought would give everybody a strong sense of the personality of the protagonist, Nea.
It was great to see so many friends, including the writer Gwynn Gacosta and her husband Dustin Gordon, George Lew, writer Miki Garcia, Denise Kitt, Jeni Fong, Howard Wong, Madeline Tam (and her charming husband), Claudia Villalon, Dr. Herena Kim, Trish O’Hare, and many new friends!
It’s always great to see Sandra Sengdara Siharath, who founded the Southeast Asian Cultural Heritage and Musical Performing Arts Center of Oakland, California! You can check out her arts center, which offers classes in SE Asian dance, cooking, music and other cultural activities here: www.seachampa.org
And of course, we had an amazing live set of songs performed by the Bay Area’s own musical group The Like Me’s:
(I’ll be posting more of The Like Me’s songs in the coming weeks, so keep checking back!)
You can follow Laura Mam and The Like Me’s online: www.thelikemes.com.
And last but not least, here is my amazing publisher, Trish O’Hare of GemmaMedia:
Dragon Chica is now available in bookstores (you can ask your local independent bookstore to order a copy if they don’t have one in store), online, and on Kindle.
And be on the lookout for upcoming readings at EastWind Books of Berkeley on November 13 at 3pm, the Tattered Cover in Denver, CO, on November 18 at 7:30 pm, and City Lights back in San Francisco in the spring!