Vilayvanh Bender’s Lao American Children’s Book Coming Soon

23376600_1521065391272544_6540776324509663958_nEarlier this year, Sahtu Press announced the forthcoming release of Vilayvanh Bender’s children’s book, “My Mommy Eats Fried Grasshoppers,” hopefully in time for the holidays. Savannah Rattanavong did an interview with the author in August.  The illustrator will be none other than Nor Sanavongsay, who is the founder of Sahtu Press.

Vilayvanh Bender is “a member of The Authors Guild. She is an Inland Empire, California based Registered Dietitian in private practice working with children and families. She immigrated to America as a seven-year-old refugee girl after the Vietnam War. She’s married and is the mother of two children. Vilayvanh teaches both daughters her cultural heritage through stories and activities. She enjoys outdoor activities and trying new food. Spending time with family makes her most happy.”

Photo by Snap Pilots

As a non-profit publisher, the Mission of Sahtu Press is to “publish and promote enduring contemporary Lao American literature and to create academic and grassroots learning opportunities.”

To accomplish this, Sahtu Press has acquired, published, and marketed high quality, imaginative work from emerging and established Lao American writers or those working on issues of interest to the Lao American community.

Sahtu Press’s first publications included Xieng Mieng award-winning poet Krysada Panusith Phounsiri’s Dance Among Elephants. Over the years ahead, Sahtu Press will expand its list to include novels, short stories, and more poetry.

Sahtu Press looks forward to discovering and/or promoting many Lao American writers. Today, Sahtu Press is considered one of the nation’s first Lao American-owned and staffed literary publishers.

Sahtu Press is committed to publish exciting, vital, and enduring Lao American authors of our time; to delight and inspire readers; to contribute to the cultural life of our community; and to enrich our literary heritage.

Visit them online at to learn more about their work and consider donating to them.


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