Kim Fay

novelist - food writer - book reviewer


The Map of Lost Memories
Communion: A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam
To Asia With Love
Guidebook Series
We Are Family

About the Author

Kim Fay is the author of the historical novel, The Map of Lost Memories, an Edgar Award finalist for Best First Novel by an American Author, and the food memoir Communion: A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam, a Gourmand World Cookbook Award winner. She created and served as the series editor for the "To Asia With Love" guidebooks, and has been the Hotel Editor for the travel, food and lifestyle website,, since 2003. In addition, she regularly reviews crime fiction in translation and works by Los Angeles authors for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Kim was born in Seattle and spent her childhood writing Nancy Drew knockoffs in various small towns throughout Washington State. After graduating from college and then working for more than half a decade as an independent bookseller at the Elliott Bay Book Company, she moved to Vietnam in the mid-1990s. She fell in love with the country and lived in Saigon for four years. She currently resides in Los Angeles where she is working on a novel about women in Vietnam from the 1930s to the 1980s, as well as a mystery series set in L.A. in the 1970s.

Los Angeles Review of Books
Read Kim's reviews here.

Professional & Community Memberships
- National Book Critics Circle
- Authors Guild
- Sisters in Crime National & Sisters in Crime LA
- Mystery Writers of America & Mystery Writers of America Southern California
- International Thriller Writers
- Los Angeles Library Foundation
- Los Angeles Conservancy
- Culinary Historians of Southern California

Alexandria House
Since 2001, Kim has been a volunteer at Alexandria House, a transitional residence for women and children in need, as well as a neighborhood center for education and enrichment programs. She helps coordinate the neighborhood grade school and teen programs, and she has also led a long-term writing workshop for teens which resulted in the publication of two books of poetry and essays. In addition, she edited Home Between Homes, a collection of personal essays and poetry written by former Alexandria House residents who have been victims of homelessness, domestic violence and human trafficking. The book can be ordered through the Alexandria House website, and all proceeds to go to the organization's programs. Kim serves on the Alexandria House Board of Directors.

To learn more, visit the Alexandria House website.
Kim at The Pavilion Hotel in Phnom Penh, while researching The Map of Lost Memories.