AUTHOR EVENT: Rowan Hisayo Buchanan & Cecile Pin in conversation with Catherine Cho


An Evening at Harbour Books: Rowan Hisayo Buchanan (The Sleep Watcher) and Cecile Pin (Wandering Souls) in conversation with Catherine Cho (Inferno: A Memoir of Motherhood and Madness)

We are very excited to welcome Rowan Hisayo Buchanan and Cecile Pin to Harbour Books, to discuss their new novels, The Sleep Watcher and Wandering Souls. The evening will be chaired by Catherine Cho, author of Inferno: A Memoir of Motherhood and Madness and founder of Paper Literary Agency.


Event Details

Date: Friday 16th June, doors will open at 6.30pm to allow time for a drink and a browse, 7pm start time

Venue: Upper floor, Harbour Books, 21 Harbour Street, Whitstable, CT5 1AQ

Tickets will be £5 (£3 concessions) or free with the purchase of a copy of either The Sleep Watcher (£16.99) or Wandering Souls (£14.99). There will be copies of both available to purchase.


About the Author: Rowan Hisayo Buchanan (The Sleep Watcher

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan is a Japanese-British-Chinese-American writer. Her debut novel, Harmless Like You, was published in 2016 and won the Author’s Club First Novel Award and a Betty Trask award. It was also shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize, the Books Are My Bag Breakthrough Author Award and longlisted for the Jhalak Prize. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, New York Times, Granta, The Paris Review and The Atlantic. She is based in London and has lived in New York, Tokyo, Madison and Norwich.

When she is sixteen, Kit suffers a summer of peculiar sleeplessness that isn’t quite what it seems. Her body lies in bed while she wanders through her family home, the streets of her run-down seaside town and into the houses of friends and strangers. Unseen and unheard, she witnesses her parents and their fracturing relationship. Her home thrums with quiet violence that she can no longer ignore. With this secret knowledge it becomes impossible not to react and a single choice soon changes everything.

Intimate, tense and exquisitely observed, The Sleep Watcher is a moving portrait of family, danger and guilt, captured through the strange summer heat of adolescence.

About the Author: Cecile Pin (Wandering Souls)

Cecile Pin grew up in Paris and New York City. She moved to London at eighteen to study Philosophy at University College London, followed by an MA at King’s College London. She previously worked in publishing. She writes for Bad Form Review and is a London Writers Awards 2021 winner. Wandering Souls is her first novel and is longlisted for the Women’s Prize for fiction.

Fleeing Vietnam, siblings Anh, Thanh and Minh embark on a perilous boat journey to Hong Kong. Their parents and four younger siblings make the crossing in another vessel but as weeks go by it becomes clear that only one party has survived the voyage. Anh, Thanh and Minh suddenly find themselves alone in the world. They travel on, navigating refugee camps and resettlement centres until, by a twist of fate, they arrive in Thatcher’s Britain. Here they must somehow build new lives with only each other to turn to, but will that be enough in a place that doesn’t seem to want them?

Revelatory and inventive, Wandering Souls paints a heart-wrenching portrait of a family in unimaginable adversity while exploring the power of stories to heal generational wounds. It heralds the arrival of an essential new voice in fiction.

About the Interviewer: Catherine Cho (Inferno: A Memoir of Motherhood and Madness)

Catherine Cho is a literary agent and founder of Paper Literary. After a background in law and public affairs, she began her publishing career in New York, before moving to London. She built a list of debut writers from submissions, working closely with them editorially and negotiated ‘major’ deals in the US and UK. She is also the author of Inferno: A Memoir of Motherhood and Madness which was shortlisted for The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award and the Jhalak Prize.

About Harbour Books

Harbour Books has been serving the Whitstable community as a small, wildly independent bookshop for nearly 30 years and has been open in the current incarnation since October 2020. All of our stock is available on our website, or you can come see us in person at 21 Harbour Street, follow us on Instagram or sign up to our newsletter.

Accessibility Information

 Ensuring our events are accessible is very important to us. As a small independent business the needs of our customers do vary from one event to the next, therefore we try to adapt to the needs of those coming. For more details on the shop’s accessibility, please do have a look at our accessibility policy. But, rest assured, if you want to attend this event and have any challenges or barriers around accessibility, please do get in touch with us. We’ll do whatever we can to ensure as many folks as want to, can take part.


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