Vietnamese American Writer Monique Truong Delivers Feminist Founders Reading at Emory

<p>Monique Truong<br/><em>Image Courtesy of Artist</em></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Read a selection of essays from Monique Truong </a></p>

February 28, 2012

ATLANTA —Novelist Monique Truong delivers the Feminist Founders Reading at Emory University on Wednesday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library. Truong will also hold a public colloquium Thursday, March 22 at 2:30 in the Calloway Center on Emory’s campus. Both events are free and open to the public with a book-signing to follow the reading.

Born in Saigon, South Vietnam, Truong is based in Brooklyn, New York. Her first novel, "The Book of Salt" (Houghton Mifflin, 2003) was a national bestseller and the recipient of the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award among many others. Her second novel, "Bitter in the Mouth" (Random House, 2010), is the inaugural selection of the Ladies Home Journal Book Club, and received the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Truong also writes a monthly online food column entitled “Ravenous” for the "New York Times’ T Magazine," and is a contributing co-editor of "Watermark: An Anthology of Vietnamese American Poetry & Prose" (Asian American Writers’ Workshop, 1998).

In addition to her reading on March 21, Truong will hold a free colloquium for Emory students and the community on Thursday, March 22. She will discuss her creative process and answer questions from the audience. 

The Feminist Founders Reading is a part of the Emory University Creative Writing Program Reading Series, bringing international writers to the Emory and Atlanta community. For additional information, visit


Creative Writing Program
The undergraduate Creative Writing Program at Emory celebrates its 21st anniversary this year. Students approach the study of literature through their own creative writing, as well as by the more traditional method of critical analysis and reading. USA Today recently named Emory the number one school for "budding writers."