Two Gifted Vietnamese American Writers Coming to OC



Monique Truong


Andrew Lam

are scheduled to visit Orange County's

Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association

(VAALA) on Tuesday, September 21 to celebrate the publishing of their new books.

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Truong, a Saigon native who lives in New York City, will discuss Bitter in the Mouth, her novel about a North Carolina Asian woman who discovers "the secret of her origins."

Her first novel, The Book of Salt, was a New York Times "notable" book.

San Francisco resident Lam will discuss East Eats West, his part memoir, part cultural anthropology that delves into everything from cuisine to martial arts to sex and self-esteem. Lam's prior book, Perfume Dreams, was an award-winning collection of his essays.

The event--which will take place at the VAALA Cultural Center at 1600 N. Broadway, #101, in Santa Ana--is free and open to the public.

For more information, e-mail the organization at or call (714) 893-6145.

--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly

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