News and Updates

Here’s another great review of Red Eggs and Good Luck: “Lam’s well-written memoir gives us a look at a family struggling with personal vices and clashing cultural traditions, with personal dreams and family obligations. Now that Lam has found her voice, you won’t want to miss her poignant observations, poetic language, and master storytelling talent. Highly recommended.” Beth Fish Reads

Triumph of Identity appears in The Tomah Journal about my reading with middle and high school students about following your heart.

Just a reminder that I am available for book club and school appearances, either in person or by Skype. Please contact my publicist, Eva, at evalmzimmerman(at) Or leave a comment.

Announcing the Fall 2015 Red Eggs and Good Luck Book Tour! Hope to see you at one or more of the events!

East Coast

One More Page Books
Tuesday, October 27th from 7-8 pm


Boswell Book Company
Thursday, October 29th from 7-9 pm

Tomah County Middle and High Schools
Friday, October 30th from 11 am to 3 pm

West Coast

Green Apple Books
Wednesday, November 4th from 7-9 pm

Best Wishes Cards and Gifts
Thursday, November 5th from 5:30 pm to 7 pm

Book Passage
Wednesday, January 13th – with other She Writes Press authors

First book review of Red Eggs and Good Luck on Page 11 of The North Coast Catholic!  I am especially pleased with Brian O’Neel’s assessment of my father as a sympathetic character.  O’Neel suggests it’s a great choice for a book club.

Pre-Order my memoir from Amazon and save! Red Eggs and Good Luck: A Chinese-American Memoir about Faith, Family, and Forgiveness

I am the grand prize winner of the 2014 Memoir Discovery Contest sponsored by She Writes Press and Serendipity Literary Agency.
“Am I a Good Mother?”debuts in Complete Well Being.

The Human Act is now available as an AUDIO BOOK!

My novel, The Little Indian Girl, has progressed to Round 2 of the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in the General Fiction category.

My blog will be changing to a bi-weekly format for 2014.

Letting Go of Fear and Living in Peace debuts on Tiny Buddha.

My article, 7 Steps to Prevent Getting Stuck in an Emotion, debuts on Tiny Buddha.

Portland Book Review gives Out of Balance 5 Stars!

Author Jennifer Lynn Alvarez interviews me about The Human Act.  Click here to read the interview.


I’m proud to announce the release of my first short story collection, The Human Act and Other Stories from All Things That Matter Press.

Save the date for this year’s debut book signing event:

When:  Saturday, February 2, 2013 from Noon to 2:00 PM

Where:  Best Wishes 

3080 Marlow Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Corner of Marlow & Piner Rd



I will be a featured panelist discussing Visionary Women, Extraordinary Work on October 6th as part of the 2012 Litquake, a celebration of literature. Hope to see you there!

Out of Balance is 2012 Indie Excellence Award Finalist in the Chick Lit Category

The Sixth Annual National Indie Excellence Awards recognized Out of Balance by Angela Lam Turpin in the category of Chick Lit as a finalist.

This national award, based in Los Angeles, CA is open to all English language books including small presses, university presses, independent publishers and self-published authors. Works published in 2009, 2010 and 2011 were eligible for consideration.

The competition is judged by independent experts from all aspects of the indie book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. They select award winners and finalists based on overall excellence of presentation.

Out of Balance is a comic tour de force about a working woman caught between her jealous stay-at-home husband and her manipulative boss, the President of Vine Valley Bank.

“We appreciate you, we applaud you and thank you for your great work. You are contributing to make independent publishing a great sector in the literary community,” said Ellen Ried, President of the National Indie Excellence Book Awards.

For more information please visit: Indie Excellence Awards.

Out of Balance reviewed in The Bohemian’s Annual Local Lit issue

4 out of 5 stars for Out of Balance from The San Francisco Book Review.

My short story, “Clay Ring,” is featured in Art & Understanding. It will be available on December 13, 2011 from Dzanc Books, an imprint of Black Lawrence Press.

Come celebrate literature with the winners of the 2011 Java Jive Contest!  Angela and four other winners will be reading their stories at Copperfield’s in Sebastopol on Wednesday, October 19th, at 6 pm.  Angela’s story, “Stolen Grief,” was selected out of 85 entries.

Details about the Java Jive Reading at Copperfield’s Books in Sebastopol

By popular request, LEGS is now available for the Kindle.

Out of Balance receives Editor’s Choice Award.

Editor's Choice Award
For Literary Excellence

Another great book review for Out of Balance from GhostWriter Literary Reviews!

5 Stars for Out of Balance from Midwest Book Review

This Review Also Appears on Amazon

Reading Opening Scene from OUT OF BALANCE

My latest article in the Portland Book Review: Creating the Write Family


5 Stars for Out of Balance:

“The characters in Out of Balance felt like real people. So much so that I had an emotional reaction to them…Beverly’s very real and human reactions…made her into someone I wanted to see succeed. Definitely a five star read.”–Laurel-Rain Snow Click here to read the complete review by Laurel-Rain Snow

Kick-Off Spring Book Signing:


Please join us to celebrate the publication of Out of Balance on Saturday, May 14th, from noon to 2 P.M. at Best Wishes in Santa Rosa:


Best Wishes


Praise for Blood Moon Rising:


Praise for Legs:


From The Bohemian: With fevered descriptions of designer clothes, plenty of Sonoma County references and a funny story that steams along in the swoon of a Jackie Collins boiler, ‘Legs’ (iUniverse; $20.95) by North Bay real estate agent Angela Lam Turpin is a hoot that could easily make for a pleasant hour’s read at the beach, Mercedes Cabriolet parked at the ready, Calvin Klein bathing suit remaining ever-so-perfectly dry, Korbel chilling. —Gretchen Giles Read the full review:


From Armchair Interviews: Once in awhile you come across a self-published book that should not have had to be self-published. Legs proved to be such a book by being a delightfully entertaining chick-lit. ­–Maria Elmvang Read the full review:

11 thoughts on “News and Updates”

  1. ALT,

    Re: Stolen Grief-
    I read and reread and again and again and each time I thought, "wow". I wrote to tell the
    Bohemian (they printed someone elses name, but no matter), but I wanted to say this to you 'directly'. I wanted to share this experience w/ my wife but the print issue had already been recycled. Googling "Stolen Grief" led me to your website where I was pleased to find references to your other works in print.
    Stolen Grief evoked a response that is hard to put into words, and is at once beautiful and haunting, joyous and painful, delicate and bold, giving pause to the present.
    Thank you for sharing your Gift.

    Roger (aren)

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