25. July 2020 - 14:00 till 15:00
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Book Club Live: The Book of Salt by Monique Truong | Saturday, 25. July 2020

Interview, discussion and Q&A with the author.

About this Event


This session is part of the Exhibition: Food for Peace and Justice Stage of the fantastic Madras Café Unlocked: An online gathering of food, festivities, music, solidarity and humanity in support of rural communities in India. For more info have a look at our website. To register for more Madras Café Unlocked, have a look at our Eventbrite page. To register for all events at once, have a look at our Unlocked event.

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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 book and a Q & A, where you will have the opportunity to ask Monique your questions about the book.

The Book of Salt is Monique Truong’s truly mesmerising and witty first novel set primarily in 1930’s Paris. It follows the narrative of a young gay Vietnamese man called Binh who becomes the personal cook for Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. As he tries to find his own place in the world, we’re sent on a journey through Binh’s consciousness, which is mixed with his life in Paris and his past in French-colonial Vietnam as he tries to find his own place in the world. Throughout the novel, Truong touches on themes of exile, diaspora, culture, food, memory among others with stimulating metaphors and delightful originality.


About Madras Café Unlocked

As a result of COVID-19, WOMAD festival 2020 has been cancelled which has a huge impact on Madras Café and AVI. This is normally a key fundraising event and an opportunity to raise awareness about AVI’s solidarity with rural communities across India. Our re-imagined event, Madras Café Unlocked brings you a summer of online content in support of Action Village India and partners. We launch our five 'stages': Madras Café Family, Madras Boombox, Food for Thought, Partnerships & Solidarity and our Exhibition: Food for Justice and Peace on the 24th, 25th & 26th of July and events will run throughout the summer up to 26th September, when we conclude with an International meal in support of Jai Jagat 2020.

Please visit our website www.madrascafeunlocked.co.uk for more information.