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’s newest fiction work, "The Refugees," is a collection of stories giving voice to those leaving one country for another, uncovering the dreams and hardships of immigration and desires for self-fulfillment that define our lives.

Nguyen is a professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. 

No registration required; attendance is on a first come, first served basis. Doors open at 6 p.m.


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
Barbara M. Donnellan Auditorium
Central Library
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