Meeting : "The Making of a Novel : The Big Buddha Bicycle
7 November, 2017.
A Talk by Terence A. Harkin
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.
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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