Arlington Reads: Viet Thanh Nguyen

Why Fiction Matters

Arlington Reads 2017 explores the truth-telling power of literature.

Viet Nguyen, 2016 Pulitzer Prize winning author of "The Sympathizer," will join Library Director Diane Kresh in conversation about his writings and the role of fiction in illuminating issues of consequence.

Nguyen is a professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He was nominated for the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction for "Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

Philip Caputo, author of "A Rumor of War," says "The Sympathizer" “fills a void in literature, giving voice to the previously voiceless while it compels the rest of us to look at the events of 40 years ago in a new light.”

"The Refugees," a collection of stories that is Mr. Nguyen’s second work of fiction, is due to be released February 7, 2017.

No registration required; attendance is on a first come, first served basis.


Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event, courtesy of One More Page Books.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Central Library
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