Interviews

The Awl: An Interview with Viet Thanh Nguyen

An interview with Bryan Washington regarding refugee literature and American politics. Interview originally published on The Awl. This conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen took place a few days after he received a MacArthur  “genius grant”. As the author of a Pulitzer prize-winning novel (The Sympathizer), and a collection of short stories (The Refugees), as well as a nonfiction work chronicling narratives of… (read more)


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Longreads: An Interview with Macarthur ‘Genius’ Viet Thanh Nguyen on Longreads

2017 MacArthur fellow Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses questions of justice, diversity in literature, and empathy across cultures in an interview with Catherine Cusick. Interview…(read more)

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KCRW’s Press Play: LA’s Viet Thanh Nguyen and Yuval Sharon on becoming MacArthur ‘Geniuses’

Viet Thanh Nguyen wins MacArthur’s Genius Grant – a podcast interview by KCRW. Four of the MacArthur fellows this year are from Los Angeles.…(read more)

Viet Thanh Nguyen, MacArthur fellow

A refugee writer wins a ‘genius grant’ for his depictions of the displaced

Carol Hills and Marco Werman of Public Radio International interview Viet Thanh Nguyen as a recipient of a MacArthur grant. Vietnamese American writer Viet Thanh…(read more)

Roxane Gay and Viet Thanh Nguyen at St. Paul’s Church

Viet Thanh Nguyen (author of The Refugees) and Roxane Gay (author of Difficult Women) discuss their latest books for an event with Politics & Prose…(read more)

2017 AWP Book Fair: Viet Thanh Nguyen on The Refugees

Viet Thanh Nguyen talks with Jeffrey Brown of PBS’ Book View New about his latest novel, “The Refugees” at the 2017 AWP Book Fair.(read more)

Author Viet Thanh Nguyen, who appears in Santa Ana on Tuesday, discusses his journey as a writer

This is Part 2 of Peter Larsen’s interview with Viet Thanh Nguyen for the Orange County Register. You can read Part 1 here. Even…(read more)

Author Viet Thanh Nguyen is a new voice for Vietnamese here

Peter Larsen interviews Viet Thanh Nguyen for the Orange County Register. You can read about Part 2 of the interview here. Viet Thanh Nguyen…(read more)

Late Night with Seth Meyers

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen sits down with Seth Meyers to talk about his refugee experience. In part 2 of this interview, he…(read more)

‘The Refugees’ Author Says We Should All Know What It Is To Be An Outsider

Ari Shapiro talks with Viet Thanh Nguyen about his refugee experience on NPR’s All Things Considered. Listen to the interview here or read the transcript below.…(read more)

Viet Thanh Nguyen: By the Book

The author, most recently, of “The Refugees” says the Star Wars stories are relevant to our age, “where most people identify with the rebels…(read more)

Viet Nguyen on How Winning the Pulitzer Prize Changed His Life

Valerie Takahama interviews author Viet Thanh Nguyen for Orange Coast Magazine. The morning of April 18 found Viet Thanh Nguyen in Cambridge, Mass., on…(read more)

This Is Hell! On the Limitations of Memory and the Persistence of War

Chuck Mertz, host of This is Hell! podcast, talks with Viet Thanh Nguyen about his book Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.…(read more)

Pultizer Prize-Winner Viet Thanh Nguyen Pulls Back the Mask

Pulitzer winner Viet Thanh Nguyen, who has a new book coming, knows you’re hiding something. Originally published by Josh Saul for Newsweek. Viet Thanh…(read more)

Charlie Rose Interviews Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses his debut novel, “The Sympathizer,” with Charlie Rose.    TRANSCRIPT Charlie Rose: Viet Thanh Nguyen is here. His debut novel,…(read more)

National Book Award Finalist Viet Thanh Nguyen Speaks Out on War, Capitalism and Donald Trump

Viet Thanh Nguyen is interviewed by Jeffrey Fleishman on his thoughts on celebrity culture, capitalism, and American imperialism. Originally published by the Los Angeles Times.…(read more)