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, 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 was the Hotel Editor for the travel, food and lifestyle website, Gayot.com, for thirteen years. In addition, she 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. Her dream job as a kid? A mystery solving Pinky Tuscadero. After graduating from college and working for five years 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 female friendships in Vietnam from the 1930s to the 1980s; a mystery series set in L.A. in the 1970s; and a middle grade adventure series in which the daughter of Salvadoran immigrants discovers her secret superpower: empathy!
Professional & Community Memberships
- National Book Critics Circle
- PEN USA
- Authors Guild
- Mystery Writers of America & Mystery Writers of America Southern California
- Los Angeles Conservancy
- Culinary Historians of Southern California
- Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
Since 2001, Kim has been an active volunteer at Alexandria House, a residence for women and children transitioning from homelessness to permanant housing. Alexandria House also serves as a neighborhood center. Kim plays an integral role in the neighborhood grade school and teen programs.
Among the many activities she has organized, she spent five years leading the Power of the Word writing workshop for teens. Once a week, she guided the teens (while they in turn guided her) in conversations and writing exercises about the issues most on their minds. The workshop resulted in the publication of two books of poetry and essays, not to mention longstanding mentorship-turned friendship-turned family with many "her kids."
In addition, Kim 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 holds writing workshops for residents and past residents, and works one-on-one with women who want to write their memoirs, create one-woman shows and express themselves through writing.
Most recently Kim spent a year and a half working with Keanakay Scott on her memoir of foster care and homelessness: Viewer's Discretion Advised. Kim's foreward can be read at the Look Inside link on the book's Amazon page. This memoir is one cornerstone of the foundation Keanakay built to support her run for Congress in 2020.
Kim has served on the Alexandria House Board of Directors since 2016. To learn more about Alexandria House, visit the organization's website.
Kim is a two-time recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Award for her volunteerism at Alexandria House through the National Council of Jewish Women Los Angeles.