Author Quan (Amy) Barry to visit the Presque Isle Community Library

Quan (Amy) Barry, author of We Ride Upon Sticks, will visit the Presque Isle Community Library on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. The event is part of the Northwoods Book Festival, a series of events sponsored by seven local libraries to be held throughout the summer.  

Born in Saigon and raised on Boston’s north shore, Quan Barry is the Lorraine Hansberry Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Barry is the author of seven books of fiction and poetry, including the recent novel When I’m Gone, Look for Me in the East, which follows a group of Buddhist monks as they search for a reincarnation in the vast Mongolian landscape. O: Oprah Magazine described her novel We Ride Upon Sticks as, “Spellbinding, wickedly fun,” while the New York Times called her previous work, She Weeps Each Time You’re Born, “deeply affecting.” In the 2021-2022 season, Barry served as Forward Theater’s first ever Writer-in-Residence. The world premiere of her play, The Mytilenean Debate, was staged in spring 2022.

Quan’s visit to the Presque Isle Library will include a book talk with a book signing afterwards.

The Northwoods Book Festival is a joint project of seven libraries in northern Wisconsin: Boulder Junction Public Library, Ben Guthrie Lac du Flambeau Public Library, Frank B. Koller Memorial Library in Manitowish Waters, Mercer Public Library, Minocqua Public Library, Presque Isle Community Library, and Winchester Public Library. Events will be held at each participating library, and patrons are encouraged to attend events at all of our participating locations. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information about the Northwoods Book Festival, visit

The 2022 Northwoods Book Festival program series is made possible by a grant from the American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries

American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.