PEN/Hemingway award finalist Vaddey Ratner will discuss "Music of the Ghosts," the story of one woman's return to Cambodia as she confronts her past, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 24 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636 .

Library events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m.

In "Music of the Ghosts," a young woman returns to her homeland after receiving a letter from a mysterious man who claims to have known her father before he disappeared in the Cambodian holocaust.

Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen says, "'Music of the Ghosts' is a moving and often gripping exploration of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime and its aftermath. Ratner relentlessly shows the devastating impact of traumatic history on families and the nation, but leaves us with a carefully measured hope for insight and renewal."

Ratner is a survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. Her critically-acclaimed and best-selling debut novel, "In the Shadow of the Banyan," has been translated into seventeen languages. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Cornell University, where she specialized in Southeast Asian history and literature.