We at Brow Books are absolutely thrilled to announce that we have signed Stephen Pham’s debut book Vietnamatta – an extraordinarily shrewd, erudite, wide-ranging, and audacious collection of writing. Brow Books has secured world rights, with the book to be published in 2020.
We've been working with Stephen on this book project for a while now; last week pen was officially put to paper, and we are delighted.
Vietnamatta is a collection of autobiographical fiction and criticism that explores life in and around post-gangland Cabramatta, a suburb in Western Sydney. It includes pieces on Flannery O'Connor, hardstyle, The Fast and the Furious, Carly Rae Jepsen, and bitter melon, each and all of which interrogate how aesthetic taste, trauma, love, desire, and culture are shaped by broader questions of class, race, masculinities, and geography.
Stephen Pham is a Vietnamese-Australian writer from Cabramatta. He is an original member of SWEATSHOP Writers' Collective. His essays and fiction have appeared in The Lifted Brow, Sydney Review of Books, Griffith Review, Overland, and Meanjin. In 2018 Stephen received the NSW Writer's Fellowship from Create NSW to work on his debut manuscript Vietnamatta.