Evelyn Chumbow was brought to the US when she was merely a child. She spent her entire childhood – form age 9 to 17, when she should have been in school, should have been going to birthday parties, should have been growing up – enslaved and abused.
She finally escaped and is now a college student. She has agreed to share her story here in the hopes that a writer or publisher will find her. Her story will move you, though, no matter who you are.
She is sharing the award with Kailish Satyarthi, who has fought child trafficking for years.
SOLD, a film by director Jeffrey Brown and produced by Jane Charles, has been chosen as the opening night film of the Indian Film Festival in London on July 14th. Click here to see a trailer. SOLD, a film produced by Emma Thompson.
Click here to find out about how to get tickets. www.londonindianfilmfestival.co.uk
Haunting and beautiful, this trailer by Jeffrey Brown and Jane Charles, brings the book to life in a way that is moving and powerful. I’m so proud of their work and happy to announce that the film will be the opening film for the Indian Film Festival in LA on April 8. Click here to preview the trailer: SOLD, a film produced by Emma Thompson
It premiers this weekend at Cinequest in San Jose ( March 7th and 9th,) and will also be featured at the Seattle International Film Festival in May and in Albuquerque in June and screening for the UN Youth Counsel in August. Pretty amazing!
My gratitude to Jeff and Jane, to my editor, the incomparable Alessandra Balzer of Harper Collins, to Stephanie Lurie at Hyperion, Heather Schroder at Compass Talent, Josie Freeman at ICM and the incredible cast and crew.
Arn Chorn-Pond, who survived the Killing Fields of Cambodia, will perform at the Lincoln Center on April 11 along with his beloved music teacher, Master Mek, the man who kept him alive during the reign of the Khmer Rouge. This free event marks the fulfillment of Arn’s dream – to showcase Cambodia for its arts, not for its tragic history.
I will describe the remarkable bond between these to men and to explain the complicated path that led to their reunion long after the war, when they each given the other up for lost.
Arn and Mek will first play one of the propaganda songs that were forced upon them by the Khmer Rouge. Then they will perform a traditional Cambodian song they sang secretly sang to keep each other’s spirits up during the reign of the Khmer Rouge, an act that would have been punishable by death.
They will be followed by a performance by The Waterek Ensemble, a traveling group of musicians who bring live music to isolated parts of Cambodia, including communities of former Khmer Rouge soldiers.
This evening is sure to be an emotional high point in a month-long celebration of Cambodian arts at venues all around New York – BAM, the Joyce Theatre, The Rubin Museum and The Asia Society.
The April 11 event will take place at the David Rubenstein Atrium, a public space inside Lincoln Center on Broadway between 62nd and 63rd streets.
I wasn’t there when my friend Beth Kephart gave this eloquent and important speech, but my ears were ringing. And later, I can’t tell you how many people told me about it. THE single best thing ANYone has said about YA fiction since Judy Blume picked up a pen (and not just ’cause she mentions me).
Please click on the link below to see Beth’s beautiful and timely presentation:
Arn Chorn-Pond, who survived the Killing Fields of Cambodia by playing music, will perform at Lincoln Center in New York this spring, along with his beloved music teacher, Master Mek. This free event, sponsored by Target, marks the fulfillment of Arn’s dream – to showcase Cambodia for its arts, not for its tragic history.
Arn, the subject of Never Fall Down, Mek and other artists will perform in the David Rubenstein Atrium and then I’ll join them for a panel discussion about how the arts can be a salvation for a man and his country.
Their performance is part of a month-long celebration of Cambodian arts at venues all around New York – BAM, the Joyce Theatre, The Rubin Museum and Lincoln center. I’ll publish the full schedule for Season of Cambodia as soon as it is finished but wanted readers to know about this free event.
“Pond’s early life is an incredible story of survival against all odds, of innocence unduly robbed. By turns terrifying, heartbreaking and triumphant, ‘Never Fall Down’ is as likely to inspire tears as it is to stick with readers for a lifetime.”—Los Angeles Times