Kim Fay

author of The Map of Lost Memories


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

Readings, Events & More

With my fellow Best First Novel nominees at the Edgar Awards in New York, May 2013
(photo by Steven Speliotis)

Coming Events for The Map of Lost Memories

Literary Orange
Panel: Historical Fiction
Location: Irvine Marriott, 18000 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA
Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time: 11:20 Ė Noon
For more information about Literary Orange, go to the event website.

Literary Guild of Orange County Festival of Women Authors
Breakout Speaker
Location: Irvine Marriott, 18000 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA
Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015
For more information about the Festival of Women Authors, go to the festival website.

California Crime Writers Conference
Panel: To Come
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles - Westside, 6161 West Centinela Avenue, Culver City, CA
Date: Saturday/​Sunday, June 6 & 7, 2015
For more information about Bouchercon, go to the conference website.

Past Events for The Map of Lost Memories

December 3, 2014
Womenís Club of Hermosa Beach
Hermosa Beach, CA

November 19, 2014
El Segundo Library Evening Book Discussion
El Segundo, CA

November 15, 2014
Panel: Walking the Line: Balancing Historical Accuracy and Changing Societal Mores, with Tasha Alexander, Barbara Hambly, Edward Marston, Caroline (Charles) Todd and moderator Steve Steinbock.
Long Beach, CA

East Meets West Panel with Lisa Brackmann,
Tim Hallinan, Naomi Hirahara and Steph Cha

August 24, 2014
Sisters In Crime Orange County & Mystery Writers of America Southern California - Annual Meeting
Panel: East West Mysteries: Asian Themes in Crime Fiction with Steph Cha, Timothy Hallinan, Lisa Brackmann & moderator Naomi Hirahara
Irvine, CA

August 16, 2014
Santa Monica Library Summer Reading Series
Panel: The Elements of Mystery with Samuel W. Gailey, Rachel Howzell Hall, Don Passman and moderator Naomi Hirahara
Santa Monica, CA

June 1, 2014
El Segundo Author Fair
Panel: Across Time & Continents
El Segundo, CA

May 7, 2014
Panel: Murder Abroad with Sisters in Crime/​LA
Burbank Public Library
Burbank, CA

March 29, 2014
Ladies of Intrigue
Presented by Sisters in Crime Orange County
Panel: Passport Required
Huntington Beach, CA

March 14-16, 2014
Tucson Festival of Books
Authors Table Dinner
Panel: Writing Through History
Panel: Tropical Crimes
Moderator: British Crime Fiction
Tucson, AZ

March 9-10, 2013
Tucson Festival of Books
Panel: Foreign Lands, Familiar Longings
Panel: Memories & Memoirs
Tucson, AZ

November 28, 2012
The Riverhead Project restaurant
theBOOKPROJECT - community book club via Skype (public event)
Riverhead, NY

October 21, 2012
Poisoned Pen
Reading & Cambodia Travel Talk
Scottsdale, AZ

October 13, 2012 - 11 a.m. & 5 p.m.
WordStock - Oregon Convention Center
Panel: There's Nothing Like Your First
Reading with Donna Miscolta
Portland, OR

October 11, 2012
Eagle Harbor Book Co. - Reading
Bainbridge Island, WA

October 7, 2012
Elliott Bay Book Company - Reading
Seattle, WA

October 5, 2012
Olympia ArtWalk - 3 live interviews
The Steam Plant
Olympia, WA

September 30, 2012
West Hollywood Book Fair
Panel: Writing About Place
West Hollywood, CA

September 29, 2012
Chevalier's Books - Signing
Los Angeles (Larchmont), CA

September 13, 2012
Pages: A Bookstore - Reading
Manhattan Beach, CA

Book Launch Party at Curve Line Space Gallery

September 9, 2012 - Family, friends, humidity, wine & a memorable celebration to launch The Map of Lost Memories. Hosted by Traveler's Bookcase, with a special guest appearance by the novel's audiobook narrator, Karyn O'Bryant.

Past Events for Communion

Here on Earth, Wisconsin
Public Radio (March 2011)

I had the pleasure of joining my friend Ann Le (author of The Little Saigon Cookbook) for an hour-long interview and call-in program featuring Communion at Here on Earthís Food Fridays on Wisconsin Public Radio. The show can be heard free on the stationís website or through iTunes.

Reading and Slide Show at Skylight Books (November 2010)

For our final event of 2010, more than 50 people came to Skylight Books in Los Angeles for a reading, slide show, and tasting of dishes from the book. Along with family and friends, we were joined by members of Foodie Connection, whose enthusiasm added to the festive mood of the night. People lingered to buy copies of Communion, nibble on Julie's banana flower salad and my Vietnamese momís spring rolls, mingle, and dine from the Mandoline Grill food truck, which joined us again after such great success at the Travelerís Bookcase book launch. To read more about the event and for recipes from the book, go to my food blog, Serve It Forth.

Jules talks about photographing Vietnam

With a few members of Foodie Connection

BrookeWorms Book Club (November 2010)

On November 8, I joined the BrookeWorms Book Club for a discussion about Communion. It was a terrific night of questions, answers, spring roll making, and nibbling on lemongrass chicken and banana flower salad. To read about the event---and for the recipe for banana flower salad---go to my food blog, Serve It Forth.

BrookeWorms Book Club

Communion Pacific Northwest book tour (September 2010)

In September 2010, Julie and I headed to the Pacific Northwest for a three-store reading tour for Communion. Overall, more than 130 people came out to listen, watch (a slide show from the book), buy, and in some cases, nibble on fresh spring rolls. Many thanks to the Elliott Bay Book Company (Seattle, WA; 9/​19), Village Books (Bellingham, WA; 9/​20), and Broadway Books (Portland, OR; 9/​22) for being such generous hosts.

To read more about the events on my blog, Serve It Forth, and find links to photos on the Communion Facebook page, click here.

A full house at Elliott Bay

Communion book launch party (July 2010)

On Wednesday, July 14, 2010, we celebrated the publication of Communion at Traveler's Bookcase in Los Angeles (8375 West Third Street). Julie and I spoke briefly and answered a few questions while guests nibbled on flavors from the book: clay pot chicken and banana flower salad, as well as grilled lemongrass pork and chicken. Along with family, friends, and store customers, guests included Pulitzer Prize winning Vietnam War photographer, Nick Ut. The party was a hit for many reasons, including the Mandoline Grill food truck parked out front, tempting everyone with delicious Vietnamese dishes well into the night. To read more about the party, go to my blog posting on Serve It Forth. You can also find a lovely description of the night at Mondette.

Julie and me at Traveler's Bookcase

Family, friends and fans of Vietnamese food dining in front of the Mandoline Grill food truck at Traveler's Bookcase after the Communion book launch party.

To Vietnam With Love reading (September 2009)

To read about the To Vietnam With Love reading at Traveler's Bookcase on September 24, 2009, click here.