Bangkok Wakes to Rain is the story of the great megacity of Bangkok and its rains and floods, an impressive and immersive tale woven across multiple characters and centuries. Pitchaya Sudbanthad’s ambitious, lush and intricately plotted novel contains a compelling, disparate cast whose lives intersect around a building in Bangkok. In lyrical prose, Pitchaya writes of what endures, and what is erased, highlighting dark histories that refuse to be buried and issuing warnings of a submerged future too stark to ignore.
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Pitchaya Sudbanthad grew up in Thailand, Saudi Arabia, and the American South. He has received fellowships in fiction writing from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the MacDowell Colony, and currently splits his time between Bangkok and Brooklyn. Bangkok Wakes to Rain is his first novel, and was shortlisted for the 2019 US Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.
Steven Gale is a festival programmer and moderator based in London. He has worked at theatres in England and Scotland, and taught at universities in Ireland and the United States. From 2016 to 2018, Steven was a cultural events producer at the British Library. He has chaired over 450 author sessions at literary festivals worldwide.