Viet Thanh Nguyen
James D. Houston Lecture
Viet Thanh Nguyen is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Sympathizer, a New York Times bestseller. His current short story collection The Refugees has also become a bestseller. Other awards include the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel from the Mystery Writers of America, and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction from the American Library Association. He is the Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.
October 18, 7pm – Reading and conversation with Andrew Lam, Hammer Theatre
PRAISE FOR VIET THANH NGUYEN
“The Sympathizer is destined to become a classic and redefine the way we think about the Vietnam War and what it means to win and to lose.” —T. C. Boyle
“Precise without being clinical, archly humorous without being condescending, and full of understanding; many of [The Refugees] stories might have been written by a modern Flaubert, if that master had spent time in San Jose or Ho Chi Minh City . . . [Nguyen’s] stories, excellent from start to finish, transcend ethnic boundaries to speak to human universals.” —Kirkus ReviewsAll events are open to the public and wheelchair accessible.