Episode #9 Kim Fu in conversation with Anna Bowen for the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival podcast.
Kim Fu is the author of For Today I am a Boy, which won the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her debut poetry collection, How Festive the Ambulance, was published in 2016. Also a nonfiction writer and essayist, Fu has published in Granta, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Hazlitt.
I spoke to Kim on the phone from her home in Seattle about her new novel, The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore (HarperCollins, 2018), for the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival podcast.
She spoke about the difficulty of writing about grief, the uniqueness of 9 to 11-year-old girls, the need to foster a community of writers (advice to emerging writers) and how she was inspired to write this book while at the Burton House residency in Dawson City. She also talks about how Linda Barry’s book, One Hundred Demons, influenced the way trauma is woven into this novel.
You can see Kim read from this novel at the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival on festival Sunday, September 9, 2018.