VAALA is Proud to Present a Series of Programs dedicated to The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

Book Discussions

Trung Le Nguyen – Virtual Author Talk
Thursday, March 10, 2022

Trung Le Capecchi-Nguyen (Trung Le Nguyen, professionally) is a Vietnamese-American comic book artist and writer from Minnesota. He was born in a refugee camp somewhere in the Philippine province of Palawan.

Trung’s first original graphic novel, The Magic Fish, was published in 2020 through Random House Graphic, an imprint of Penguin Random House. It won two Harvey Awards. Trung has also contributed work for DC Comics, Oni Press, Boom! Studios, and Image Comics.

He currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota and raises three very spoiled hens. He is fond of fairy tales, kids’ cartoons, and rom-coms of all stripes.

Zoom registration:
Eric Nguyen – Virtual Author Talk
Thursday, April 14, 2022
6:00pm PST
Eric Nguyen earned an MFA in Creative Writing from McNeese State University in Louisiana. He has been awarded fellowships from Lambda Literary, Voices of Our Nation Arts (VONA), and the Tin House Workshop. He is the editor-in-chief of diaCRITICS. He lives in Washington, DC. Things We Lost to the Water is his first novel.
Zoom registration:
The Best We Could Do – In Person Book Discussion
Friday, April 28, 2022
3:00pm PST
Take part in a community book discussion at the Newhope Public Library. A limited number of free copies of the book will be available for program participants while supplies last.
For more information, call 714-647-5250


City of Garden Grove – Art in the Park
Make your own Zine – All Ages
Saturday, April 2nd, 8AM – 5PM

Free 3-Month Art Program for Ages 16-26:
Oral Histories/Memoir Writing, Mixed Media Arts, and Comic and Zine-Making
March-May, Sundays 11am-2pm
Location: Garden Grove Public Library and virtually
Copies of The Best We Could Do for all participants
Art Exhibition at the end of the program


In an effort to provide access to reading resources for our communities, we are giving away a limited number of Thi Bui’s The Best We Could Do, a graphic memoir about Thi Bui’s family histories and refugee story. To claim your book, you must fill out an application and be able to pick up the book in-person at the Garden Grove Public Library. Sign up for your free book here.



VAALA is still in dire need of matching donations to continue providing programs like these! Donate Here.

This program was made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts The Big Read Program and Arts Midwest. Special thank you to our community partners and sponsors.