Hey bookworms and  literature lovers (and non-readers too, why not?), Vietnamese American authors Angie Chau, Andrew Lam and Isabelle Thuy Pelaud will be discussing Vietnamese American literature, identity and California tomorrow, July 14, in San Francisco. This is a free event at The Book Smith, 1644 Haight Street.  It starts at 7:30, so mark your calendar and set your clocks.   Here’s a blurb from The Book Smith site:

The San Francisco Chronicle described ANGIE CHAU‘s Quiet As They Come as “a powerful mix of tragedy and kindness, of miscommunications and all-too-painful empathy, which bound together are a resonating homage to many an immigrant.” She was born in Vietnam and now lives in Eddie Money’s former studio in Oakland.

ANDREW LAM is a writer and a co-founder of New America Media. Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora has won the Pen American “Beyond the Margins” Award in 2006, and was short-listed for “Asian American Literature Award”. East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres was published in October 2010 and listed as top ten indie books by Shelf Unbound magazine.  

 ISABELLE PELAUD is associate professor in Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University and author of This Is All I Choose To Tell: History and Hybridity in Vietnamese American Literature. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN).

 These three local authors will read from their work and talk about Vietnamese American identity and literature and California. Bring your questions, observations, and join the discussion!

Can’t make it tomorrow?  You’re in luck; Angie Chau will be reading from her short story collection next week at Cafe Royale for InsideStorytime FABLES.  Other authors scheduled to read next week include Michael David Lukas (The Oracle of Stamboul), Heather Fowler (Suspended Heart), Andrew Dugas (Sleepwalking in Paradise), and Suzanne Kleid. With MC Ransom Stephens (The God Patent).  Next week’s event starts 6:30 p.m.  and takes place at 800 Post Street.

If you can come to both, come. Support your local Vietnamese literary talent.

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