Monique Truong with GB Tran

Wednesday, September 28, 7:30 PM
Monique Truong discusses her novel Bitter in the Mouth with graphic novel memoirist GB Tran

Brooklyn author Monique Truong’s bestselling debut novel The Book of Salt garnered numerous literary prizes and widespread critical acclaim for Truong’s intuitive understanding of exile and identity, her lyrical writing about food and cooking, and her subversive wit. All these and more can be found in Truong’s second novel Bitter in the Mouth, the story of a nearly friendless outcast in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, whose secrets include the fact that she has synesthesia: she tastes the words that people around her are speaking. Truong discusses her work with author/illustrator GB Tran, whose graphic novel Vietnamerica tells the story of his discovery of his parents' flight from Saigon in the last days of the Vietnam War. Truong and Tran talk about the ways in which both of their books are a unique spin on the memoir genre, and their experiences as Vietnamese-American writers.

Event date: 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 7:30pm

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686 Fulton Street
11217 Brooklyn
Bitter in the Mouth: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812981322
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (while supplies last)
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - August 9th, 2011

The Book of Salt: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780618446889
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (while supplies last)
Published: Mariner Books - June 15th, 2004

Vietnamerica: A Family's Journey Cover Image
By GB Tran
ISBN: 9780345508720
Availability: Available to order (allow for shipping time to bookstore or direct-to-home)
Published: Villard - January 25th, 2011