Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

“Coming to America” Discussion: The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen virtually joins San Jose Public Library for a discussion about The Refugees.

The Yiddish Book Center presents “Coming to America,” a book discussion series for public libraries. Tales of the Jewish immigrant experience in the United States, were presented through three works of fiction translated from the Yiddish. Concluding our series is a fourth book that relates to an immigrant community served by our library system in San José. That book will be Viet Thanh Nguyen’s, The Refugees. Please join us for a virtual discussion on June 7 at 2 p.m. Pulitzer Prize winning author, Viet Thanh Nguyen will be our speaker, interview by SJSU Chair of English and Comparative Literature, Noelle Brada-Williams, with interlocutor Peter Nathanial Malae, author of What We Are.

The starting points and routes of arrival may differ, but the perils, the confusion, and the settling in of immigrants to this new world are themes common to all.

The Yiddish Book Center’s “Coming to America” Reading Groups for Public Libraries is made possible by a gift from Sharon Karmazin.


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