Press / Media

Quế Mai chats with Chris Gordon for The Readings Podcast about her experiences growing up inside Vietnam and her inspiration for The Mountains Sing (September 25, 2020)

Quế Mai in conversation with Callie Crossley, host of Boston Public Radio's WGBH program (September 11, 2020)

"Việt Nam does not equate war" - Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai's interview on on the occasion of her novel's release in Dutch language (August 25, 2020)

Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai shared her inspiration for The Mountains Sing and the stories behind her novel in an interview with Radio New Zealand (August 24, 2020)

Australia's ABC national radio reviews The Mountains Sing (August 14, 2020)

THE MOUNTAINS SING featured on The Straits Times (June 16, 2020)

Quế Mai discusses The Mountains Sing with PEN America's The Pen Pod (June 9, 2020)

Quế Mai presents The Mountains Sing, in conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen - winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize, hosted by the Harvard Bookstore as part of the DVAN's Author Talk Series (May 8, 2020)

“The Mountains Sing”: Trauma, Resilience and the Legacy of War in Vietnam - Quế Mai's interview with Top of the Mind Radio Program (May 8, 2020)

Quế Mai reflects on the Việt Nam War and her experiences growing up in Việt Nam via her interview with AFP News Agency (April 30, 2020)

Quế Mai discusses The Mountains Sing on Skylight Books' podcast (April 23, 2020)

"I could only write The Mountains Sing having lived through difficult times. Only through experiencing by myself the challenges faced by the poorest of the poor, the most desperate, could I have that empathy." Interview with NPR Morning Show (April 22, 2020)

"Having a normal day where there is no war, no fear of death is brilliant, so we should appreciate these types of peaceful and normal moments.” Interview with The Orange County Register (April 15, 2020)

"I wrote THE MOUNTAINS SING in English but with the mindset of a Vietnamese who is fully aware of the need to preserve the Vietnamese authenticity of her novel." Interview with Booklist (April 1, 2020)

"In THE MOUNTAINS SING, I started with the truth that my grandmother perished in the Great Hunger of 1945, but I did not know all the details. So I fictionalized those details to be able to clarify my emotions, my anger, my sadness, and in the end, my forgiveness for the people who caused her death. Ultimately, forgiveness is the greatest gift we can give ourselves.” Exclusive interview with Hoopla Book Club who selected The Mountains Sing as their Spring 2020 Spotlight (April, 2020)

"Reading and listening to books keeps me alive; it is an act of living."- Interview with (April 8, 2020)

"I hope that while reading The Mountains Sing, the reader will join me in embracing the values of peace, normality, and family." Interview with Writers Digest (April 3, 2020)

"It’s my intention to familiarise the reader with the Vietnamese culture as much as possible, so that hopefully by the end of THE MOUNTAINS SING, they become a part of it."- Interview with The Nerd Daily (April 2, 2020)

“We Could Write For The Rest Of Our Lives And It Would Be Two Tiny Steps” -  A conversation with ThanhHà Lại on diaCRITICS (March 11, 2020)

"I wanted to show the reader that Việt Nam is not just a place of war, but a country with rich cultural heritage and with people who would do anything for their families."- Interview with Chào Hanoi (February 7, 2020)

Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai discusses THE MOUNTAINS SING on the Saigoneer Podcast (February 2020)

Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai discusses her writing and THE MOUNTAINS SING on the German radio Deutschlandfunk Kultur  

"We can only forgive if we look at things from other people’s perspectives and we sympathize and empathize. I think one of the messages of The Mountains Sing is to seek for more forgiveness. We need to forgive ourselves and we need to forgive others.” — Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai on Saigoneer Bookshelf, Saigoneer Magazine. Read here.

Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Radio about the role of books in her life. Listen here.

"Lanterns Hanging on the Wind", the radio program co-produced by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, puts Vietnamese Poetry in the Limelight With Bilingual Readings. Read here.

Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai in conversation with diasporic Vietnamese writer at the San José Museum of Art. Watch here.

“Write what you believe in, read widely, work hard, and never give up.” – Quế Mai in her interview with the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, Indonesia. Read here.

“The Writer Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai Brings Vietnamese-English, North-South Closer”, Saigoneer Magazine. Read here.

“Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai’s novel rebuts Western perspective on American war” – Vietnam News. Read here.

US radios broadcast a show of Quế Mai’s poetry to celebrate the National Poetry Day of Việt Nam, Tuổi Trẻ News. Read here.

Quế Mai releases her travel book in Việt Nam, Việt Nam News. Read here.

These days you might see me at my writing desk at 4 a.m., catching the earliest words of the day.” – Quế Mai in her interview with Shabda Press. Read more.

Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai on film

Thank you for journeying with Quế Mai into an authentic Việt Nam via THE MOUNTAINS SING.

Quế Mai and Bruce Weigl presented their works a the Lannan Foundation

Quế Mai performing her poetry at the 23rd International Poetry Festival of Medellín (Colombia)

Quế Mai's writing journey has recently been featured in a full-length documentary entitled "She is beautiful", produced by Việt Nam Television:

Quế Mai's poetry performance with the American poet Jennifer Fossenbell, National Poetry Day of Vietnam (2010):

Quế Mai's poetry performance with the Indian poet Mamta Sagar, the first Asia-Pacific Poetry Festival (2012):

Quế Mai's poem "Writing on behalf of Duc", about the children with cancer in Việt Nam:

Quế Mai's poem "Hà Nội", which won First prize, Poetry Competition about 1,000 Years Hà Nội:

"I Hear My Country Calling My Name" (lyric by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, music by Đinh Trung Cẩn) won the best song of the year Award by Việt Nam Musicians' Association (2011), as well as the Best Song of the Year Award from the Musicians Association of Hồ Chí Minh City (2011)

Quế Mai is featured as a success story of the Australian Development Scholarships in Việt Nam.

Youtube Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai: click here


Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai won First Prize, the Poetry Competition about 1,000 Years Hanoi, Tuổi Trẻ Newspaper. More

Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai won Poetry of the Year 2010 Award from the Hanoi Writers Association, Đại biểu Nhân dân Newspaper. More

Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai won the Capital Prize's of Arts and Literature, Thanh Niên Newspaper. More

What can Vietnamese do to enable our literature to step out to the world?, Sports and Culture Newspaper. More

Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, always proud to be Vietnamese, Biên Phòng Newspaper. More 

Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai publishes her 10th book of translations entitled Bay lên, Thanh Niên News. More

Bay lên, the multi-national anthology about human lives in the diaspora, VnExpress. More 

Bay lên, an anthology of excellent short stories about the human lives, the Voice of Vietnam Radio. More

Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, her creative work and current affairs, Người Việt News. More

Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai's Stars on the City Sky meets young readers, Nhân Dân Newspaper. More

Stars on the City Sky - Fairytales about the village life, Vietnam National Television VTV. More

Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, "I hear my country calling my name", Người Việt News. More

Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, poetry radiates its fragrance on Vietnamese language, Người Việt News. More