This month’s VM Mom to Follow is author Jen Sookfong Lee. Jen was born and raised in Vancouver’s East Side, and now lives with her son in North Burnaby. Her books include The Conjoined, nominated for International Dublin Literary Award and a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, The Better Mother, a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award, The End of East, and Gentlemen of the Shade. Jen teaches at The Writers’ Studio with Simon Fraser University, edits fiction for Wolsak & Wynn, and co-hosts the podcast, Can’t Lit.
Jen has also written several children’s books including: Chinese New Year: A Celebration for Everyone (Orca Books 2017), The Animals of Chinese New Year (Orca Books 2018) and coming soon, Finding Home: The Journey of Immigrants and Refugees (March 2021).
Vancouver places Jen likes to go
Glenburn Soda Fountain
We live around the corner from Glenburn, and have spent so much time there, I think they should name a sundae after my son! Our favourite menu item: the banana milkshake.
Barnet Marine Park
In the summer, my son, dog Rosie, and I spent whole afternoons here, moving from the beach to the grass to the picnic tables. Just the right combination of peaceful and wild.
This is really for my son, who is a comic book creator-in-training. Taz has everything a comics lover could ever want and the staff are very helpful to confused moms like me.
>> Taz Comics
Shiok Singaporean Cuisine
I haven’t eaten inside yet, because of, well, obvious reasons, but I have eaten their takeout multiple times recently. I have spent a fair amount of time in Singapore and their food takes me back with every mouthful.
Harriet Fancott is the Editor and Social Media Manager for Vancouver Mom. She has over 20 years experience in the arts, tech and mom-based blogging arenas. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring all that Vancouver has to offer from festivals and events to playgrounds and beaches to sushi and ice cream (although not together).