AUGUSTA, ME – Yesterday, dozens gathered at the historic Viles House in Augusta for a book reading, signing, and conversation with one of Maine’s newest authors: Marpheen Chann. Chann is a gay, first-generation Asian American born in California to a Cambodian refugee family and later adopted by an evangelical, white working-class family in Maine. He uses a mix of humor and storytelling to help people view topics such as racism, xenophobia, and homophobia through an intersectional lens.
Chann’s memoir, Moon in Full, is a contemporary coming-of-age story that shines light on one young man’s search for truth and compassion in a complicated era as it unwinds the deep-seated challenges we all face finding our authentic voice and true identities.
This event was hosted by Maine Conservation Alliance (MCA). MCA protects Maine’s environment and our democracy through education, collaboration, and advocacy. Chann is a board member of MCA’s sister organization Maine Conservation Voters.