Two Gifted Vietnamese American Writers Coming to OC

Truong

Authors Monique Truong and Andrew Lam are scheduled to visit Orange County's Vietnamese American Arts N 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 vaala91@yahoo.com or call (714) 893-6145.

–R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly

R. Scott Moxley’s award-winning investigative journalism has touched nerves for two decades. An angry congressman threatened to break Moxley’s knee caps. A dirty sheriff promised his critical reporting was irrelevant and then landed in prison. The U.S. House of Representatives debated his work. Federal prosecutors credited his stories for the arrest of a doctor who sold fake medicine to dying patients. Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; and hailed by two New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing Southern California law enforcement corruption.

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