Lao poet and playwright Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay tries her hand at something new with When Everything was Everything, an intergenerational picture book illustrated by Cori Nakamura Lin. The work lyrically reflects on the author’s upbringing as part of a Lao refugee immigrant family, and opens with a forward by poet and children’s book author Bao Phi. The launch event includes a VIP preview party where there will be a champagne toast, food from Soul Lao, cotton candy, and a champagne toast. Ticket holders will also receive a signed copy of the book. A free community celebration follows. Find tickets at brownpapertickets.com. The VIP party starts at 4 p.m.