Join Winnie M Li, author of Dark Chapter, and East City Bookshop for a reading, discussion, and signing. Winnie will be in conversation with Kristin Sunanta Walker, CEO of Mental Health News Radio Network.
NOMINATED FOR THE EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST FIRST NOVEL Vivian is a cosmopolitan Taiwanese-American tourist who often escapes her busy life in London through adventure and travel. Johnny is a 15-year-old Irish teenager, living a neglected life on the margins of society. He has grown up in a family where crime is customary, violence is a necessity, and everything--and anyone--can be yours for the taking.
As Vivian looks to find her calling professionally, she delights in exploring foreign countries, rolling hillsides, and new cultures. And as a young, single woman, she has grown used to experiencing life on her own. But all of that changes when, on one bright spring afternoon in West Belfast, Vivian's path collides with Johnny and culminates in a horrifying act of violence.
In the aftermath of the incident, both Johnny and Vivian are forced to confront the chain of events that led to the attack. Vivian must struggle to recapture the woman that she was and the woman she aspired to be, while dealing with a culture and judicial system that treats assault victims as less than human. Johnny, meanwhile, flees to the sanctity of his transitory Irish clan. But when he is finally brought to reckon for his crimes, Vivian learns that justice is not always as swift or as fair as she would hope. Inspired by true events, Dark Chapter is both a literary masterpiece and a riveting novel of suspense about of the dark chapters and chance encounters that can irrevocably determine the shape of our lives.
Winnie M Li is a writer, producer, and activist. She was selected as a George Mitchell Scholar and earned her MA in English at the National University of Ireland, Cork. As Head of Development at Ugly Duckling Films, she was involved in producing six award-winning films and two shorts, one of which was Oscar-nominated and the other Oscar-shortlisted. She received her PhD at the London School of Economics on rape survivors and social media. A Harvard graduate from New Jersey, she is now based in London. Visit her online or on Twitter at @WinnieMLi. Dark Chapter is her first novel.
Kristin Sunanta Walker is the CEO of Mental Health News Radio Network, which reaches over 170 countries. She has spoken widely about early childhood trauma since 1984, relating to her own experience with mental health and sexual abuse, and worked in the behavorial health field for over twenty years.