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MEETINGS 2013-2017

424th Meeting : "The Making of a Novel : The Big Buddha Bicycle Race”. 

Tuesday, 7 November, 2017.

A Talk by Terence A. Harkin

The Talk:

The Big Buddha Bicycle Race is a novel set in Ubon, Thailand and war-ravaged Laos late in what Americans call the Vietnam War and what Laotians call the American War. The author will talk about the blend of historical events, Air Force lore, personal experience, research, and imagination that went into the making of the book. Nominated for the 2017 Kirkus Prize in literature, the novel began in 1975 as a movie treatment at the USC film school, but when the aspiring writer followed a professor’s advice and returned to Southeast Asia, the story took on a life of its own.

The Speaker

Terence Harkin first came to Thailand in 1970, serving with Detachment 3 of the 601st Photo Flight at Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base. Attending USC on the GI Bill, he earned an MFA in screenwriting and went on to spend twenty-five years as a Hollywood cameraman on shows like MASH, Quincy, From Here to Eternity, Designing Women, Tracey Ullman, and Seinfeld. He has lived in Chiang Mai since 2014.

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