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250 Shares Reddit EmailThe Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) is presenting its first-ever Viet Book Fest, from 3-4 p.m. every Saturday in October.

The online book fest could be considered substitute programming for VAALA, the Orange County-based nonprofit organization that produces the annual Viet Film Fest.

However, the Viet Book Fest has actually been in the works since last year.

During the Viet Book Fest, VAALA is offering four pre-recorded children’s book readings, followed by a live Q&A with the authors and illustrators, moderated by Maya Lê Espiritu, a third-grade teacher from Oceanside and children’s book storyteller on YouTube, Instagram and TikTok, where she’s got 199,000 followers.

“I’m very honored to be the moderator of the first inaugural Viet Book Fest,” said Lê Espiritu, who blogs about children’s books on

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