Author and poet Brandy Lien Worrall
will read from her recent memoir What Doesn’t Kill Us
tonight at Our Clubhouse in the Strip District
. The event includes a book-signing and question-and-answer session. Twenty-five percent of all sales will be donated to Our Clubhouse
, which supports individuals and families living with cancer.
What Doesn’t Kill Us
Courtesy of Brandy Lien Worrall
follows Worrall's fight against an aggressive and rare breast cancer she was diagnosed with at age 31. Her American father and Vietnamese mother’s experiences during and after the Vietnam War parallel Brandy’s story, exploring the similar traumas felt by all.
The book also explores the scars of chemical warfare. Both of Worrall's parents were heavily exposed to Agent Orange
, which she says might explain her mysterious cancer diagnosis as well as her childhood epilepsy.
In addition to her memoir, Worrall, who lives in Vancouver, is a prolific poet whose “Poem of the Day
” blog has led to the publication of eight collections thus far. Her poems cover a wide range of topics, including cancer, motherhood, her multicultural upbringing, travel and daily musings.
Tonight's reading is at 6:30 p.m. Our Clubhouse is located at 2816 Smallman St.