E. M. Tran - Daughters of the New Year

Celebration for E. M. Tran's Daughters of the New Year

The Garden District Book Shop is thrilled to announce local author and friend E.M. Tran celebrating the release of her debut novel, Daughters of the New Year, a lively, spellbinding tale about the extraordinary women within a Vietnamese immigrant family—and the ancient zodiac legend that binds them together.

The event is open to the public and will begin at 6:00 PM with a welcome reception featuring light bites and select wines followed by a spirited discussion between Tran and fellow author and friend Maurice Carlos Ruffins. Tran will be available afterward to meet & greet guests and personalize copies of Daughters of the New Year. Books will be available for purchase through The Garden District Book Shop.

What does the future hold for those born in the years of the Dragon, Tiger, and Goat? In present day New Orleans, Xuan Trung, former beauty queen-turned-refugee after the Fall of Saigon, is obsessed with divining her daughters' fates through their Vietnamese zodiac signs. But Trac, Nhi, and Trieu diverge completely from their immigrant parents' expectations. Successful lawyer Trac hides her sexuality from her family; Nhi competes as the only woman of color on a Bachelor-esque reality TV show; and Trieu, a budding writer, is determined to learn more about her familial and cultural history.

As the three sisters each begin to encounter strange glimpses of long-buried secrets from their ancestors, the story of the Trung women unfurls to reveal the dramatic events that brought them to America. Moving backwards in time, E.M. Tran takes readers into the high school classrooms of New Orleans, to Saigon beauty pageants, to twentieth century rubber plantations, traversing a century as the Trungs are both estranged and united by the ghosts of their tumultuous history. A “haunted story of resilience and survival” (Meng Jin, Little Gods), Daughters of the New Year is an addictive, highwire act of storytelling and mythmaking, illuminating a lineage of extraordinary women fighting to reclaim the power they’ve been stripped of for centuries.

All citywide-mandated COVID safety protocols will be in place.

Black Women's Wellness Conference - Dr. Tammy Lewis Wilborn, Playing a New Game


This event is free, but registration is required. Get Your Ticket Here Reserve your copy of the book here, as well.

The Garden District Book Shop will be popping up at the fifth annual Black Women’s Wellness Conference of New Orleans to support Dr. Tammy Lewis Wilborn at the discussion and signing of her new book, Playing a New Game. Drawing on first-hand clinical insight and scientific research, Playing a New Game: A Black Woman's Guide to Being Well and Thriving in the Workplace offers much-needed advice on how women of color can be high-performing and successful professionally, without sacrificing their physical, mental, and emotional wellness. 

Black and brown women have been making profound strides in leadership and professional achievement, despite facing the added hurdles of both sexism and racism in the workplace. But so often, excelling at work comes at the expense of their wellness: the chronic stressors and demands on Black women can result in negative physical health outcomes such as sleep disturbance, hypertension, and diabetes, and negative mental health outcomes including anxiety and depression. We cannot talk about career advancement for Black and brown women without talking about strategies that promote their total wellbeing.

Playing a New Game offers women a new way forward, in which ambition and wellness can not only coexist, but bolster each other. With insights from her 20 years of professional counseling experience and extensive research, mental health expert Dr. Wilborn expands the dialogue on BIPOC women’s experiences of race and gender stereotypes at work, exploring them as a wellness issue.  Through her evidence-based best practices that promote self-care and self-empowerment as necessary tools for professional success, Black and brown women can flip the script by prioritizing their wellness even as they advance professionally. 

The event will begin at 2:00 and guests are invited to network and enjoy an array of refreshments while they mingle. The networking will be followed by a moderated discussion where Dr. Wilborn will walk guests through the book and then host a brief Q&A. Following the discussion, Dr. Wilborn will be available to greet guests and sign copies of Playing a New Game.

All citywide-mandated COVID safety protocols will be in place.


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Playing a New Game: A Black Woman’s Guide to Being Well and Thriving in the Workplace By Tammy Lewis Wilborn, PhD, PhD Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538708347
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Balance - October 11th, 2022

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