Saigon River, 2014 Photo:  Doan Duc Minh

Saigon River, 2014 Photo: Doan Duc Minh

David Joiner was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended Earlham College and majored in Japanese Studies. During his junior year he made his first trip to Asia – a five-month study abroad program in Sapporo, Japan. Nine years and several trips to Asia later he earned his MFA from the University of Arizona where he studied fiction, nonfiction, and playwriting. He has been shuttling between the US, Vietnam, and Japan for all of his adult life.

David has lived and worked in Vietnam seven different times. His earliest experience in Vietnam was as a volunteer teacher in 1994 when he became the first American since the end of the Vietnam War to live and work in Dong Nai province. (To read a published essay about this experience, please click here.) He has spent more than 10 of the last 20 years in Vietnam, making his home in such places as Saigon, Hanoi, Mui Ne, and Bien Hoa.

David has also lived in Japan four different times, and has called Sapporo, Akita, Tokyo, Fukui, and now Kanazawa home. He’s an avid reader and collector of Japanese fiction, and currently serves as the head of the Kanazawa chapter of Writers in Kyoto. He and his wife own a traditional Japanese home (including a kura, or storehouse, built near the end of the Taisho period) in the mountain hot-spring town of Yamanaka Onsen, and hope to turn it into a full-blown writer’s retreat in the near future. For photos of the house and the 1300-year-old town in which it’s located, along with occasional commentary, please see David’s Instagram account:

His debut novel Lotusland was published in March 2015 by Guernica Editions, and in June 2016 he self-published Stray Cat City, a true story about rescuing and adopting two orphaned street cats in Saigon (100% of sales will be donated to Animal Rescue and Care in Vietnam).


To watch an interview with David on VTC10 TV about Lotusland, which he did in July 2015 during a trip to Hanoi, please see the video below. (Note: not all of the information cited in the video is correct.)

David recently published Stray Cat City, a story about adopting and helping to rescue various street cats in Vietnam. 100% of the book's royalties will be donated to an organization in Vietnam called Animal Rescue and Care. The Kindle version is only $2.99 and the paperback only $7.99.

Read a heartwarming story while contributing to an excellent cause! Then spread the word to all the animal lovers you know!

From the back cover:

During an 18-month stay in Vietnam, author David Joiner and his girlfriend are sidetracked by an orphaned kitten suffering from a broken leg and living by a bridge where dog- and cat-thieves roam. After rescuing the kitten and arranging for it to be sheltered, however, they grow increasingly attached to it and take it into their home, only for its real battle for survival to begin. But this isn't the only cat in need of their help. In STRAY CAT CITY Joiner movingly and humorously chronicles their attempts to help various street cats before it's time for them to leave the country.

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