Meet the 2019 Writers


This event sponsored by: Jane Darling


1:00 pm ~ Saturday ~ August 17

Yasuko Thanh

Yasuko Thanh
Photo by Don Denton

Yasuko Thanh is a very talented and versatile writer. Her short story collection, Floating Like the Dead, was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Her novel, Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains, won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. Her latest book is a memoir of her turbulent early life before becoming a successful writer. Mistakes to Run With recounts how, at 15 and an honour roll student, she ran away from home into a life of drugs and alcohol and living on the streets. At 16, she became a sex worker, enduring beatings, arrests, crack cocaine, and an unwanted pregnancy. A frank, deeply moving memoir, Thanh bravely examines her journey from troubled teen to award-winning writer with insight and clarity, cementing her place as one of Canada’s most compelling voices.

More on Yasuko Thanh:

Review – Mistakes to Run With

Victoria writer Yasuko Thanh’s new memoir shows the world of a survivor

Spring Books Q&A: Yasuko Thanh looks to inspire tolerance in street-life memoir Mistakes to Run With