About Author Thanhha Lai


I wrote Inside Out & Back Again, published in 2011. My second novel Listen, Slowly, was published February 17, 2015. 


Butterfly Yellow, my third book, will be available in Fall 2019. I was born in Saigon, Vietnam, immigrated to Montgomery, Alabama after the war in 1975 and currently live north of New York City.


Most importantly, I’ve started a not-for-profit organization called Viet Kids Inc. to buy bicycles for poor students in Vietnam.  To donate, please read the Viet Kids Inc. tab.


Click HERE to learn how to pronounce my name, Thanhhà Lại.


It is an honor and surprise to become #1 on the New York Times best seller list for Inside Out & Back Again and win various awards, including National Book Award and a Newbery Honor. It is wonderful to hear that readers enjoy my work and I appreciate you. I hope to hear from you and thank you for letting me know your feelings when reading my books.


Book Events

School Library Journal Day of Dialogue
216 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010 USA
May 29, 2019

19th International Literature Festival Berlin
Chausseestraße 5 
10115 Berlin, Germany
Sept 12-15, 2019

Singapore Writers Festival
1 Old Parliament Ln., Singapore 179429
November 2-3, 2019  


Hong Kong International Literary Festival
302B, Kai Tak Commercial Building, 66-72 Stanley Street,

Central, Hong Kong, SAR, China
November 9-10, 2019

2019 NCTE Annual Convention

Baltimore, MD USA

Nov 22-23 2019

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