Author to discuss memoir at Books & Beer Author Series event

“Sigh, Away” by Phuc Tran photo submitted

Author Phuc Tran will be presenting his book Sigh, Gone at the Books & Beer Authors Series on Sunday 25 September at 3pm at the Denmark Arts Center.

For anyone who has ever felt out of place, Sigh, Gone tells an irreverent, funny and moving tale of displacement and assimilation interwoven with poignant themes from well-loved works of classical literature.

In 1975, during the fall of Saigon, Phuc Tran emigrated to America with his family. By chance, they end up in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, a small town where trans people are struggling to adjust to their new lives. In this coming-of-age memoir, told through themes from great books like The Metamorphosis, The Scarlet Letter, The Iliad, and more, Tran navigates the back and forth, himself, despite the challenges finding and accepting immigration, feelings of isolation and youthful rebellion while trying to live up to the rigid expectations of his immigrant parents.

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“Sigh, Gone” explores one man’s confusing experiences of abuse, racism and tragedy, and unveils redemption and connection in books and punk rock. With a hairspray and synthesizer background of the ’80s, he finds solace and kinship in the wisdom of classical literature, and in the subculture of punk rock he finds validation and echoes of his dissatisfaction. On his journey to self-discovery, Tran eventually finds refuge and inspiration in art, which shapes – and ultimately saves – him.

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This is book & beer season of sorts – sit back, sip and enjoy the spoken word. Discounts are available. This event is pay-what-you-can with a suggested donation of $10 towards future author presentations. Register online at

Our HEPA air purification systems and ventilation are used for indoor performances. Tickets are $10 or pay what you can and can be purchased online at

The Denmark Arts Center is an award-winning 501(c)3 cultural organization established in 1994 in rural Denmark. Housed in the city’s historic 1883 Odd Fellows Hall, the DAC offers year-round events and workshops in contemporary dance, theatre, music and the visual arts for community members young and old. DAC is located at 50 West Main St., Denmark. Visit for more information.

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