We are excited to launch the inaugural Viet Book Fest during every Saturday in October 2020 to spotlight Vietnamese voices and stories in literature. We will be hosting a series of virtual events, including pre-recorded video story-times, audience engagement activities related to a selection of books, author and illustrator panels, and a culmination celebration on Halloween. These events will promote literacy focused on the theme of identity, family and community in children’s books to a broad audience of Vietnamese in the global diaspora.

Event Details

All events take place on Saturday in October 2020, from 3-4pm PST on Zoom.

The event series schedule is as follows:

October 3: Tran Thi Minh Phuoc, Hop Thi Nguyen & Dong Nguyen, "Vietnamese Children's Favorite Stories"

October 10: Minh Lê, "The Green Lantern: Legacy"

October 17: Bao Phi, "My Footprints"

October 24: Viet Thanh Nguyen & Ellison Nguyen with illustrators Thi Bui & Hien Bui-Stafford, "Chicken of the Sea"

*October 31: Halloween celebration, featuring authors, artists, a DJ, and much much more!

vietnamese childrens favorite stories book cover

Sat Oct 3, 2020 at 3-4pm PST

Vietnamese Children’s Favorite Stories

Author: Trần Thị Minh Phước
Illustrators: Nguyễn Thị Hợp & Nguyễn Đồng

vietnamese childrens favorite stories book cover

Sat Oct 10, 2020 at 3-4pm PST

Green Lantern: Legacy

Author: Minh Lê 
Illustrator: Andie Tong

green lantern legacy book cover

Sat Oct 10, 2020 at 3-4pm PST

Drawn Together

Author: Minh Lê
Illustrator: Dan Santat

drawn together book cover

Sat Oct 17, 2020 at 3-4pm PST

My Footprints

Author: Bao Phi
Illustrator: Basia Tran

my footprints book cover

Sat Oct 24, 2020 at 3-4pm PST

Chicken of the Sea

Authors: Viet Thanh Nguyen & Ellison Nguyen
Illustrators: Thi Bui & Hien Bui-Stafford

chicken of the sea book cover

Join us for the book readings

You will receive the Zoom event information and link after you RSVP for the event.

We are asking that every household donates at least $5 per event. All proceeds will be used to fund future VAALA events and to support emerging artists in the local community.

* The Halloween celebration on October 31st does not have a set donation cost. We ask that attendees donate as they see fit.

** Please note that Eventbrite charges a processing fee on all tickets.

Thank you for your interest and support of VAALA and our community!

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