Camron Wright - Park City
Oct 17, 2018, 7:00 pm
The Orphan Keeper
VenuePark City Library
PO Box 668
1255 Park Ave
Park City , UT 84060-0668
The Park City Education Foundation welcomes Camron Wright, author of The Rent Collector. Wright will be part of a public Community Conversation on the evening of October 17th at 7:00 PM at the Jim Santy Auditorium in the Park City Library. The Rent Collector is the choice for the 2018 One Community, One Book program in Summit County.
In the Rent Collector, survival for Ki Lim and Sang Ly is a daily battle at Stung Meanchey, the largest municipal waste dump in all of Cambodia. They make their living scavenging recyclables from the trash. Life would be hard enough without the worry for their chronically ill child, Nisay, and the added expense of medicines that are not working. Just when things seem worst, Sang Ly learns a secret about the ill-tempered rent collector who comes demanding money—a secret that sets in motion a tide that will change the life of everyone it sweeps past.
The Rent Collector is a story of hope, of one woman's journey to save her son and another woman's chance at redemption. It demonstrates that even in a dump in Cambodia—perhaps especially in a dump in Cambodia—everyone deserves a second chance.
Though the book is a work of fiction, it was inspired by real people who lived at the Stung Meanchey dump in Cambodia.
The Rent Collector was named Book of the Year Gold Winner by Foreword Magazine, Best Novel of the Year at the Whitney Awards, and was a nominee for the prestigious International DUBLIN Literary Award. In addition to North America, The Rent Collector has also been published in Turkey, Indonesia, Norway, Korea, and Spain.
Camron Wright was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. His first book, Letters for Emily, was a Readers Choice Award winner, as well as a selection of the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild.
This event was made possible with support from the Park City Education Foundation, the Park City Library, Summit County RAP tax, the Tom Wilson Foundation, Montage Deer Valley, and Utah Humanities.