are scheduled to visit Orange County'sVietnamese American Arts & Letters Association
(VAALA) on Tuesday, September 21 to celebrate the publishing of their new books.
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (714) 893-6145.
--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly