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.

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). He is currently working on a novel set on the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia (an excerpt published in the Ontario Review can be read online here) as well as a novel that takes place in Kanazawa, Japan, where he now lives. An excerpt from this work has been included in Echoes: Writers in Kyoto Anthology 2017.

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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.)


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David recently published Stray Cat City, a story about adopting and helping to rescue various street cats in Vietnam. A minimum of 20% 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.

Kindle version: https://www.amazon.com/Stray-Cat-City-David-Joiner-ebook/dp/B01H18BMOQ

Paperback version: https://www.amazon.com/Stray-Cat-City-David-Joiner/dp/0997715510