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Smith Warehouse Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, Bay 4, C105, Durham, NC

Public Reading and Author Q&A


Malai Ice Cream 268 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY

Literary Appetites: Women on Food Charlotte Druckman’s Women on Food is a “variety show of previously unpublished essays, interviews, and ephemera from women working in the world of food.” We bring the show to life with Charlotte and two of her contributors who will discuss their roles in the book, and chat about the literary […]


Oakland Asian Cultural Center 388 9th Street, Suite 290, Oakland, CA

Novelist and occasional food essayist Monique Truong and Soleil Ho, restaurant critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, will explore writing about and of food. Eastwind Books of Berkeley is the official bookseller for this event, so please come empty-handed and purchase your copies of Truong's third novel, The Sweetest Fruits, from this beloved indie bookstore.


Institute Library 847 Chapel Street, New Haven

Monique Truong will read from her latest book The Sweetest Fruits as well discuss her food and flavor-centric novels The Book of Salt  and Bitter in the Mouth. Copies of The Sweetest Fruits will be available for purchase at the event. Free but please RSVP online to reserve a seat.


Joe's Pub 425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY

Seriously Entertaining, New York’s premier literary cabaret series showcasing writers and their passions, is an intellectual roller-coaster of a show. More information to come. * Doors open at 6pm.


Columbia University 420 Hamilton Hall, New York, NY

Monique Truong will read from her latest novel The Sweetest Fruits. Free & open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.


Miami Dade College Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor) 300 NE Second Ave, Miami, FL

Monique Truong’s novel The Sweetest Fruits is an ingenious retelling of the many lives of Greek-Irish globetrotting writer Lafcadio Hearn, through the voices of the women who knew him best. Curdella Forbes’s novel, A Tall History of Sugar, tells the story of Moshe Fisher, a Jamaican man who was “born without skin,” so that no […]

Kwaidan: introduced by monique truong

Film Forum 209 West Houston St., New York, NY

Monique Truong will introduce Kwaidan (1964, Masaki Kobayashi) based on four ghost stories by expat Lafcadio Hearn (1850 – 1904). Kobayashi’s first color film, with eerie score. “I wanted to create an atmosphere of terror.” – Takemitsu. 35mm. Approx. 183 min.


What the Dickens? 10th annual Reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas carol”

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe & Bar 126 Crosby St., New York, NY

Ring in the holidays with our tenth annual reading of Charles Dickens' classic "The Christmas Carol." Grab a hot cider from the cafe, your closest friends, and settle in with us and dozens of terrific readers. This year's confirmed readers include: Tom Beer, Sarah Broom, Isaac Butler, Alexander Chee, Vinson Cunningham, Deborah Eisenberg, Rachel Fershleiser, […]

Asian Musical Voices of America

Asian American Writers' Workshop 112 W. 27th Street, #600, New York, NY

“What does it mean and what does it take to find one’s voice as an Asian in classical music?” Musicians: Del Sol String Quartet and Violinist Joseph Lin Writer: Monique Truong Panelists: Charlton Lee, Joseph Lin, Anjna Swaminathan, Monique Truong, Hyeyung Yoon

Love In and Out of Translation

Book Culture 536 West 112th St, New York, NY

A conversation with novelist Monique Truong (The Sweetest Fruits) and translators Allison Markin Powell (The Ten Loves of Nishino by Hiromi Kawakami) and Tess Lewis (One Another by Monique Schwitter) about how these three novels plumb the mysteries of love in its many discordant and concordant manifestations, and the ingenious ways fiction can flesh out these mysteries.

The Annual Paumanok Lecture in American Literature & Culture

Long Island University, Kumble Theater 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY

The Department of English, Philosophy and Languages at LIU Brooklyn invites you to join them at The Annual Paumanok Lecture in American Literature & Culture. Featured authors, Tina Chang, Susan Choi, and Monique Truong, will read from their recent work and join in a conversation with LIU Professor Louis Parascandola.

Madras Café Unlocked Book Club live: The book of Salt by Monique Truong

Madras Café Unlocked

Free online gathering; registration via EventBrite. Join us for our first (and very exciting) live Book Club with the brilliant and extremely talented author, Monique Truong, who will be joining us to discuss her first novel, ‘The Book of Salt.’ The session will include an interview with the author followed by a discussion about the […]

Lan cao & Harlan Margaret van cao in conversation with MONIQUE TRUONG

The Elliot Bay Book Company 1521 Tenth Avenue, Seattle, WA

Online gathering, free with EventBrite registration. Monique Truong in conversation with Lan Cao and her daughter Harlan Margaret Van Cao about their memoir Family in Six Tones: A Refugee Mother, An American Daughter.

Monique Truong + rick barot

Asian American Literature Today series

Online gathering, free. Join novelist Monique Truong and poet Rick Barot as they read from their new books, The Sweetest Fruits and The Galleons, and discuss their writing with moderator Professor Jason Oliver Chang. Part of the Asian American Literature Today series, launched in 2014, this event is co-sponsored by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, the […]


Miami University 501 East High St, Oxford, OH

Online class visit and discussion of The Book of Salt with Associate Professor Anita Mannur's English/Women's and Gender Studies 435/535: Queer Theory

In conversation online: AN-MY LE, MONIQUE TRUONG, and Hannah Turpin

Carnegie Museum of Art 4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA

Join artist An-My Lê and author Monique Truong as they discuss how growing up in Vietnam during the Vietnam War became a foundation for their creative practices. The conversation will be moderated by Carnegie Museum of Art curatorial assistant Hannah Turpin. The program is organized in conjunction with An-My Lê: On Contested Terrain, the first comprehensive […]

American university, Discussion & CLASS VISIT

American University 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC

Online class visit and discussion of The Sweetest Fruits with Sandra Beasley's LIT-215 Writers in Print/Person

Upended: An online Conversation among Andrea Grill, Tess Lewis, Jonas Lüscher, Sasha Marianna Salzman, and Monique Truong

Deutsches Haus at NYU 42 Washington Mews, New York, NY

Under the timely topic of "Upended," the participating authors, who hail from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and the U.S., will reflect upon and discuss major recent changes and disruptions in the areas of culture, politics, and identity in the German-speaking world and the United States. All participating speakers are affiliated with various editions (past and future) […]

The LOFT LITERARY CENTER’S poetry, prose, and pastries: featuring Monique Truong

The Loft Literary Center 11 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN

Inaugural installment of an online series, hosted by Bao Phi. Each episode will begin with a chat about favorite treats and desserts, followed by discussion of emerging and under-the-radar literary artists, craft talk, and a Q&A with the live online audience.

AWP Conference: Featured Presenter

An online reading, conversation, and Q&A with Mira Jacob & Monique Truong, with moderator Crystal Hana Kim, sponsored by Kundiman.

Woman Warriors: a solidarity reading

Asian American Writers' Workshop 110-112 W 27th St, Suite 600, New York, NY

A marathon online reading featuring a powerhouse collective of Asian American women. In the aftermath of the horrific murders in Atlanta, GA, we offer this space as one for grieving, healing, and empowering. During a time marked by tragedy, anger, and loss, we look to our artistry to find and celebrate the resilience and brilliance of […]

2020 Binghamton Book Awards Winners Reading

Binghamton University State University of New York 4400 Vestal Pkwy E, Binghamton, NY

A reading online with winners Monique Truong and Joe Jiménez. More info to come.

INstagram live “chatsactually”

Instagram Live Chat Monique Truong in conversation with Kenny Leck, owner of BooksActually, about the forthcoming Singaporean/Malaysian edition of The Sweetest Fruits (Gaudy Boy, 2021).

The Sweetest Fruits Book LauncH & Virtual Feast: Singapore & Malaysia Edition (Gaudy Boy)

Monique Truong and Jemimah Wei chat about their favorite fruits, mangosteen feuds, and other literary musings, along with a reading of THE SWEETEST FRUITS. Winners of Singapore Unbound's 7th Singapore Poetry Contest will also be reading their fruit-inspired poems, with an introduction from Marylyn Tan, this year's judge. We invite you to bring your own […]

radical books collective’s ONLINE book club: the sweetest fruits

Radical Books Collective is dedicated to creating progressive conversations about books and publishing. In collaboration with Gaudy Boy Publishing, they've selected The Sweetest Fruits by Monique Truong as the first book of their Fall 2021 online book club. A discussion among the readers will be followed by Truong who'll read from her novel and answer […]

TPL Live & Online: Kim Thúy’s EM

Toronto Public Library 789 Yonge St, Toronto, Ontario

Monique Truong in conversation with Kim Thúy about her new novel, Em, and the layers of pain and trauma in stories we thought we knew. 

Book launch: taste Makers by mayukh sen

Asian American Writers' Workshop 110-112 W 27th St, Suite 600, New York, NY

Monique Truong in conversation with Mayukh Sen in celebration of his new book, Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America, which brings forward the stories of seven immigrant women whose legacies are complicated and often erased, despite their deep global influence in food. Their histories unwrap, layer by layer, revealing experiences of food, […]

Festival Neue Literatur: The author’s voice

Online Event

Opening remarks by the award-winning author Monique Truong. The six German-language authors of Festival Neue Literatur pair up with celebrated American authors to give a sampling from their work: Anna Baar (Austria); Isabel Fargo Cole and Sasha Marianna Salzmann (Germany); Judith Keller and Ivna Žic (Switzerland); and Benjamin Quaderer (Liechtenstein). English excerpts will be read by American authors John Keene, Idra Novey, John Wray and more.  The event is online, free of charge, and […]

AAWW AT 30: In the heart

Asian American Writers' Workshop 110-112 W 27th St, Suite 600, New York, NY

In commemoration of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s 30th anniversary, AAWW at 30 will explore the values and ideas that lie at the heart of the Workshop’s mission. From the complexities of representation to the need for an artistic home to interrogating our editorial and archival legacies, this series of events will serve not only […]



A sonic essay by Ayşe Köklü, based on the novel BITTER IN THE MOUTH by Monique Truong.

melus conference 2022

Le Meridien Hotel 333 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA

Featured speaker: reading and Q&A.

John dos passos prize ON-CAmpus reading

Longwood University 201 High Street, Farmville

Longwood's English and Modern Languages Department hosts an on-campus reading and interview with award-winning novelist and essayist Monique Truong, the 2021 John Dos Passos Prize winner, on Thursday April 7. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Jarman Hall, followed by a book signing with the writer and complimentary refreshments in the first-floor […]

AAWW AT 30: The village people

Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute 47-49 E. 65th Street, New York, NY

Presented by the AAWW in partnership with the Asian American Studies Program & Center at Hunter College and the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, a special reading, in-person and online, with many of the writers who helped make the St. Marks space so special: Marina Budhos, Nancy Bulalacao, Christina Chiu, Curtis Chin, […]


The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine 1047 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY

World premiere of a nine-movement work, commissioned by The Juilliard School for Juilliard415 & Music Advancement Program Chorus. Composer/conductor: Francisco J. Núñez, Lyricist: Monique Truong.

Meet the author & the translator: Monique Truong and Kyoko Yoshida

Temple University, Japan Campus 1 Chome-14-29 Taishido, Setagaya City, Tokyo

An evening of conversation on contemporary literature, language, and the publishing industry, featuring a brief reading from the author and translator of the Japanese translation of The Sweetest Fruits (Shueisha, 2022), discussion, and audience Q&A session moderated by Professor Shawn Higgins of TUJ. Free online event link. Meeting ID: 936 9734 1171


Asia Society Texas 1370 Southmore Blvd, Houston, TX

World premiere: or/and is a multimedia chamber operatic poem, following the journey of a composer who finds her voice only when she accepts the seeming contradictions of her immigrant identity. Choosing “and” over the divisive “or,” this work taps into the inclusive power of AND to help mend our divided world. Composer: Shih-Hui Chen, Librettist: Monique Truong, Director/scenic […]


Asia Society Texas 1370 Southmore Blvd, Houston, TX

World premiere: or/and is a multimedia chamber operatic poem, following the journey of a composer who finds her voice only when she accepts the seeming contradictions of her immigrant identity. Choosing “and” over the divisive “or,” this work taps into the inclusive power of AND to help mend our divided world. Composer: Shih-Hui Chen, Librettist: Monique Truong, Director/scenic […]