Skip to content

Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai: Dust Child


Event Status

Join acclaimed Vietnamese author Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai for an insightful conversation about her latest novel, Dust Child.


Working across fiction, non-fiction and poetry, Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai’s compelling work takes readers on journeys through time, exploring the complexities of family dynamics and inherited trauma through generations.

Described as a letter to her homeland, Nguyễn’s latest novel Dust Child draws upon her own experiences reuniting Amerasian children with their families, spinning a deeply personal and poignant family saga that moves between the Vietnam war and the present day.

For the first time in Australia, join Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai in conversation with Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen as she discusses crafting Dust Child, her humanitarian work, and the intersection of advocacy and creativity. Following the discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to browse the Đất Nước Library featuring a community-curated collection of texts from Vietnam and the diaspora.

Supported by Đất Nước Library


Please notify us of all access requirements when booking online so we can assist you with your visit. If you require further information, please contact reception on 03 9094 7800 or

Read the book

The bookseller for this event is Amplify Bookstore.

World of Words

From South Korea to Mozambique, the UK to Vietnam, India to the USA – World of Words brings together some of the world’s most exciting writers and thinkers as they share insights, ideas and inspiration from their internationally acclaimed careers.


World of Words


Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

Born and raised in Việt Nam, Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai is the author of the international bestseller The Mountains Sing, runner-up for the 2021 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the 2020 BookBrowse Best Debut Award, the 2021 International Book Awards, the 2021 PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Li... Read more

Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen

Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen is a Vietnamese-Australian writer, journalist and critic based in Naarm/Melbourne. Her work has been published widely in media and literary publications including The Age, The Guardian, Meanjin and Sydney Review of Books. She was an inaugural recipient of The Wheeler Centre... Read more


Footscray Community Arts

45 Moreland St, Footscray

More details

Stay up to date with our upcoming events and special announcements by subscribing to The Wheeler Centre's mailing list.

Privacy Policy

The Wheeler Centre acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the land on which the Centre stands. We acknowledge and pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their Elders, past and present, as the custodians of the world’s oldest continuous living culture.