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UCSB Reads 2019: The Author

Thi Bui

Photo by Gabe Clark.

Author Name Pronunciation

Tee Boo-ee

About the Author

Thi Bui is a Vietnamese American cartoonist and author of the critically acclaimed illustrated memoir, The Best We Could Do—a national bestseller, ALA 2018 Notable Books Selection, and one of Bill Gates’ top 5 books of 2017.

A veteran illustrator, Bui’s work has appeared in The Nib, PEN America, the Asian American Literary Review, Hyphen Magazine and more. She is a contributor to Refugees Anthology, published by Abrams Press, and illustrated A Different Pond, a 2018 Caldecott Honor Book, with writer Bao Phi.

Interviews with the Author

Mother Jones, "An Illustrated Guide to Escaping the Vietnam War and Making it in America," September 2017 (text)

NBC News, "'The Best We Could Do': Thi Bui Honors Family's Immigration Story in Debut Graphic Novel," March 2017 (text)

The Comics Journal, "Sweet Revenge: An Interview with Thi Bui," October 2017 (text)

NPR Books, "Cartoonist Thi Bui Weaves Together Personal And Political History," August 2018 (audio, 4 minutes, transcript available)

Medium, "Thi Bui, author of "The Best We Could Do," on Vietnamese identity and telling her parents' stories," March 2018 (text)

American Booksellers Association, "An Indies Introduce Q&A With Thi Bui," March 2017 (text)


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