Profiles From The Arkansas Literary Festival: Pitchaya Sudbanthad

Apr 24, 2019

Pitchaya Sudbanthad’s debut novel, Bangkok Wakes to Rain, is gathering rave reviews.

The author knows the fabled city well – he spent his youth living in Bangkok, Saudi Arabia, and the Southern United States as he followed his father’s employment across the globe.

Now, he uses that cross-cultural knowledge to paint a fascinating portrait of Bangkok and its people across the decades, from the 19th century to a futuristic time when the city is underwater and the residents have fled to the hills.

Filled with the smells, the sounds, and the food of Thai culture, this novel asks the question of what we call home and how we find it.

Sudbanthad will appear at this year’s Arkansas Literary Festival.