Need some French crime fiction for your summer reading? Check out my review of the Gilles Sebag novels for the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB)!

Kim Fay reviews the Inspector Sebag novels by Philippe Georget.

Nothing like greeting a sunny Sunday morning with a review of a truly brutal novel ... Check it out at @lareviewofbooks!

Kim Fay reviews “Gesell Dome” by Guillermo Saccomanno.

Nothing like greeting a sunny Sunday morning with a review of a truly brutal novel ... Check it out at @lareviewofbooks!

Kim Fay reviews “Gesell Dome” by Guillermo Saccomanno.
Kim Fay - Author is with Julie Fay Ashborn.

This Saturday, December 10 at 10:30 a.m., at the Los Angeles Public Library downtown, I will be on a panel with chefs Kimmy Tang of 9021PHO and Tin Vuong of Little Sister. Hosted by the Culinary Historians Society of Southern California, we will be speaking about Vietnam's food culture and history. The event is free AND will feature the gorgeous photographs of my sister, Julie Fay Ashborn. I'd love to see you there!!

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Hooray!! Random House is running an ebook deal on THE MAP OF LOST MEMORIES. If you haven't read it yet, it's only $1.99 at all the major ebook retailers. And for those of you who have read it - if you liked it - please help me spread the word and share this post. Thank you!!

This sweeping, bestselling novel – an Edgar Award finalist – is set in 1920s Asia, where treasure hunter Irene Blum seeks to prove herself in a male-dominated profession — hailed as “an intricate page-turner that will keep readers breathless and guessing” (Publishers Weekly)

Oh yes I did! Just received my first royalty ever from THE MAP OF LOST MEMORIES ... $28.86 from the Finnish edition - it's the little things in life that make it so good

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For you Fourth of July reading pleasure - I interviewed Lisa Brackmann about her terrific new crime novel, GO-BETWEEN, for the Los Angeles Review of Books. Enjoy! @lareviewofbooks

Kim Fay talks to Lisa Brackmann about broaching tough subjects in her crime fiction while also staying funny.

I had a fun time interviewing James Ziskin for the "LA Review of Books" about his newest novel, STYX & STONE, and his very cool protagonist: Ellie Stone. If you haven't read the Ellie Stone books yet, set in the early 1960s, check them out - perfect for a lazy summer day! #lareviewofbooks #jamesziskin #elliestone

James Ziskin on his signature character, Ellie Stone.
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Thrilled to share my first Q&A for the LA Review of Books. I interviewed Denise Mina - what a brilliant woman!

Thanks Steph Cha for giving me this opportunity!

Hello crime writing pals - exciting news this morning. Our very own Attica Locke is on the longlist for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. HUGE congrats to Attica!


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Hello crime writing pals - exciting news this morning. Our very own Attica Locke is on the longlist for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. HUGE congrats to Attica!


On International Women’s Day, in line with our ambition to bring the best women’s writing and female storytellers to ever-wider audiences, we are delighted to announce the twenty fantastic books which make up the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist. 2016 Chair of Judges Margaret Mountfor…

Cambodia Insider names "The Map of Lost Memories" among its Top 5 novels about Cambodia ... what a wonderful way to start 2016!

These are the books that I like to recommend for people who want to visit Cambodia for the first time. I suggest that you read these books before you visit the country. This is to give you an exception comparison between what you imagined when you read the books and the reality when you visit …

Hop on the HENERY EXPRESS GIVEAWAY TRAIN: 52 author fan page stops and over $800 in prizes! (A giveaway at every stop!)

My stop: I’m giving away A SIGNED PAPERBACK COPY OF THE MAP OF LOST MEMORIES. It’s easy to enter, but please read instructions carefully.



Leave a comment below – it’s that simple. (Any comment: Enter me! Or All Aboard! Or Happy Cyber Monday!)

Giveaway open from MIDNIGHT on Nov 30 until MIDNIGHT on Dec 1. Feel free to share, like, or tag your friends – the more, the merrier!

Winner for my giveaway will be chosen at random and announced on my page on Dec 1. Thanks for stopping by – and good luck! (P.S. Like my page to stay posted on future giveaways and other fun stuff.)

NEXT STOP: Krista Davis ( – visit for another giveaway

FIRST STOP: Henery Press ( – visit to enter the first giveaway and to see a full list of participating authors

Fine Print: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. By entering, Entrants agree to a complete release of Facebook.

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Feeling nostalgic reading this essay about eating com hen (clam rice) in Vietnam. I devoted more than a chapter to this dish in Communion. Thank you, Chris Nguyen, for firing up my appetite - must get back to Hue soon!

Her description makes the setting so vivid, with sights and temperatures and smells and tastes. I would love to go try this myself (although I probably would find it too spicy).

So thrilled today to be over at Jungle Red Writers writing about fan letters.

From the essay: "In these days when it’s too easy for every Negative Nellie out there to Tweet, Facebook and Goodreads their complaints, a fan letter is a gift."


I often think we've forgotten the importance of telling people how they have touched us, whether it's the author of a book that's moved us in some way, an artist whose work is meaningful to us, or someone whose words and ideas have helped us see things from a different perspective. And e-mail, so co…

A wonderful essay for all my writing friends on writers block and how to spend your one wild & precious life:

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” That quote from Mary Oliver has been ringing in my head this past week, ever since I got an e-mail from a writer friend-- ...

"Time has speeded up since then and moves forward in fits and starts--explaining the difference between the towering literary edifices of the past, with their cathedral-like architectures, and the disjointed and fragmented works of today. From this point of view, my own generation is a transitional one, and I would be curious to know how the next generations, born with the Internet, mobile phones, e-mails and tweets, will express through literature this world in which everyon...e is permanently 'connected' and where 'social networks' are eating into that part of intimacy and secrecy that was still our own domain until quite recently--the secrecy that gave depth to individuals and could become a major theme in a novel. But I will remain optimistic about the future of literature and I am convinced that the writers of the future will safeguard the succession just as every generation has done since Homer."
--Patrick Modiano, Nobel lecture

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HUGE thanks to Traveler's Bookcase for this shout out to the To Asia With Love guidebooks at Yahoo Travel! Check out the beautiful cover of To Vietnam With Love - my sis took the pictures!

Traveler’s Bookcase in Los Angeles is one of the few remaining travel bookstores in the United States. Its owner, Natalie Compagno shares the indie guide books you need to buy before your next trip.