Mon, October 16, 2023 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library
Cost: $17.50 Auditorium
In conversation with Don Lee
Referred to by Joyce Carol Oates in The New Yorker as “one of our great chroniclers of displacement,” Viet Thanh Nguyen won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for The Sympathizer, the tale of a South Vietnamese army captain who immigrates to Los Angeles and reports on his fellow military exiles to the Viet Cong. The novel was also awarded the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for fiction and the Edgar Award for best first novel, and was the subject of an acclaimed sequel, titled The Committed. Nguyen is also the author of the nonfiction Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War and the short story collection The Refugees. The Aerol Arnold Chair of English and professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, he has earned fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations. In A Man of Two Faces, Nguyen tells the story of his fraught Vietnam-to-America journey and difficult California upbringing while acknowledging larger tableaus of colonization, refugeehood, and cultural conflict.
Don Lee is the director of the creative writing program at Temple University. His novel Country of Origin won an American Book Award and the Edgar Award for best first novel. A former editor of the literary journal Ploughshares, he is also the author of the novel Wrack and Ruin and the story collections Yellow and The Partition. His other work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Kenyon Review, Harvard Review, and GQ.
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