""I didn't want this story to die", says Genaro Ky Ly Smith. The author and instructor at Louisiana Tech University reveals in explaining why he wrote about his grandfather's life.
The Land Baron's Sun: The Story of Ly Loc and His Seven Wives, chronicles the life of Smith's grandfather in poetry. Loc enjoyed the respect of being a South Vietnamese Army commander, but after the fall of Saigon, he experienced the pain of being imprisoned in a re-education camp.
Smith's mother was the only child of Loc to move to America. "I wanted to share not only his story, but that of his wives, his children, and the people of Vietnam" said Smith.
He presents a one-hour program and reading of his book this evening at 7 p.m. in Hemphill Hall, Room 134, on the University of Louisiana at Monroe campus.