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Live at Brookline Booksmith! Tsering Yangzom Lama with Tenzin Dickie

Live at Brookline Booksmith! Tsering Yangzom Lama with Tenzin Dickie

Friday, May 27, 2022 - 7:00PM ET
Event address: 
Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446-2908

In person at Brookline Booksmith! Celebrate the release of We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies with author Tsering Yangzom Lama, in conversation with Tenzin Dickie.

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We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies

In the wake of China's invasion of Tibet throughout the 1950s, Lhamo and her younger sister, Tenkyi, arrive at a refugee camp in Nepal. They survived the dangerous journey across the Himalayas, but their parents did not. As Lhamo--haunted by the loss of her homeland and her mother, a village oracle--tries to rebuild a life amid a shattered community, hope arrives in the form of a young man named Samphel and his uncle, who brings with him the ancient statue of the Nameless Saint-a relic known to vanish and reappear in times of need.

Decades later, the sisters are separated, and Tenkyi is living with Lhamo's daughter, Dolma, in Toronto. While Tenkyi works as a cleaner and struggles with traumatic memories, Dolma vies for a place as a scholar of Tibetan Studies. But when Dolma comes across the Nameless Saint in a collector's vault, she must decide what she is willing to do for her community, even if it means risking her dreams.

Breathtaking in its scope and powerful in its intimacy, We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies is a gorgeously written meditation on colonization, displacement, and the lengths we'll go to remain connected to our families and ancestral lands. Told through the lives of four people over fifty years, this novel provides a nuanced, moving portrait of the little-known world of Tibetan exiles.

Tsering Yangzom Lama was born and raised in Nepal, where her family settled after fleeing Tibet in the early 1960s. She has since lived in Vancouver, Toronto, and New York City. She received a BA in creative writing and international relations from the University of British Columbia, and an MFA from Columbia University. Her writing has been awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts, Hedgebrook, Tin House, Art Omi, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and many others. She is a lifelong activist and serves as a storytelling advisor for Greenpeace International.

Tenzin Dickie is a writer and translator. Her edited anthology, Old Demons, New Deities: 21 Short Stories from Tibet, was published in 2017 by OR Books. She has received an American Literary Translators' Association ALTA fellowship and a Fulbright fellowship for her literary work. She was formerly an editor at The Treasury of Lives, a biographical encyclopedia of Tibet, Inner Asia and the Himalayan Region. She studied fiction and literary translation at Columbia University, English Literature at Harvard University, and everything else at the Tibetan Children's Village school in India.