List of Previous Appearances

Current and future appearances


Presidential Plenary for MLA: What Does it Mean to Be Human?, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle;


LARB Luminary Evening with Viet Thanh Nguyen, Tim Disney’s Home; December 1, 2019; 5:45pm PST

Launch of Chicken of the Sea, Vroman’s Bookstore; 695 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA  91101; November 30, 2019; 10:00AM PST

Walk Run Cha-Cha; Peltz Theater, Museum of Tolerance; 9786 West Pico Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90035; Tuesday, November 26, 2019
at 7:30 PM PST

Ha Jin Visiting Lecture Series; Boston University; Boston, MA 02215; November 20, 2019; 7:00PM EST

Ploughshares; Boston, MA; November 19, 2019

National Book Foundation’s ‘5 under 35;’ Ace Hotel; 20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001; November 18, 2019; 6:15PM EST

David Wong Louie Memorial Conference, University of California, Los Angeles; Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90095; November 15, 2019; 10:00AM PST

President’s Series: Susan Orlean and Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Huntington; 1151 Oxford Road; San Marino, CA 91108; November 4, 2019; 7:30PM PST

Asian American Studies 50th Anniversary Celebration; University of California, Berkeley; 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA  94704; November 2, 2019; 6:00-8:00PM PST

Idaho Humanities Council 16th Annual North Idaho Distinguished Humanities Lecture;  115 S 2nd St, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814; October 25, 2019; 7:00PM PST

Conversation with Zadie Smith, First Congregational Church of Los Angeles; 540 S Commonwealth Ave, Los Angeles, CA  90020; October 17, 2019; 7:00PM-8:30PM PST

Better Tomorrow Speaker Series, University of Hawaii at Manoa; 2500 Campus Rd, Honolulu, HI  96822; September 19, 2019; 7:00PM HST

LiveTalks LA with Walter Mosley, Museum of Tolerance; 9786 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA  90035; September 5, 2019; 7:30-9:30PM PST

Philippines Readers and Writers Festival; Manila, Philippines; August 3, 2019; 3:00 PM

Memory Studies Association, Madrid, Spain; June 27, 2019

Le Marathon des mots, La Renaissance Bookshop, 1 Allée Marc Saint-Saëns Toulouse, France; June 29, 2019

Buffalo Street Books and City of Asylum, 215 N Cayuga St, Ithaca, NY 14850; May 18, 2019; 1:00PM EST

Eastwind Books of Berkeley and Oakland Asian Community Center, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 Ninth St. Suite 290
Oakland, CA 94607; May 5, 2019; 2:00-4:00PM PST

An Evening with Viet Thanh Nguyen, Haas-Lilienthal House; May 5, 2019; 6:00-9:00PM PST

Diesel Bookstore Viet Thanh Nguyen and Lisa See, Santa Monica, CA; May 2, 2019; 6:30-7:30PM PST

Viet Thanh Nguyen: Fall of Saigon Commemoration, San Diego State University; San Diego, CA; April 30, 2019

Pen Out Loud: Viet Thanh Nguyen and Maaza Mengiste, Strand Book Store, New York, NY; April 26, 2019; 7:00-9:00PM EST

Viet Thanh Nguyen Public Reading & Closed Door Q&A, Texas State University, Flower Hall 230,  San Marcos, TX; April 18-20, 2019; 3:30PM – 5:30PM CST

Iowa Writers Workshop; University of Iowa, Dey House, Frank Conroy Reading room; April 17, 2019; 8:00PM CST

Think Forum: Viet Thanh Nguyen, Case Western Reserve University, Maltz Performing Arts Center, Cleveland, OH; April 11, 2019; 6:00PM-7:30PM EST

Association of College and Research Libraries, Cleveland, OH; April 11, 2019

Hamilton College, Clinton, NY; April 9, 2019

The Edward W. Said Memorial Lecture, Columbia University, New York, NY; April 8, 2019; 6:15PM EST

Chém Gió with Việt Thanh Nguyễn, Columbia University, New York, NY; April 8, 2019 4:00PM EST

PEN/Hemingway Lecture, Boston, MA; April 7, 2019

UC Berkeley Lecture, The Bedri Distinguished Writers Series, Berkeley, CA; April 4, 2019

West Point, West Point, NY; March 28th, 2019

Ohio State University; Columbus, OH; March 27, 2019

Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network: A Discussion Among Writers, The People’s Forum, New York, NY; March 23, 2019; 5:30PM EST

MELUS Conference, Cincinnati, OH; March 22, 2019

War, Fiction, and the Ethics of Memory, Miami University, Heritage Room, Shriver Center, Oxford, OH; March 21, 2019; 7:00PM EST

A Stranger’s Journey, Los Angeles Public Library, Central Library, March 14, 2019; 7:00PM PST

An Evening with Viet Thanh Nguyen: Democracy and the Informed Citizen, AZ Humanities, Phoenix, AZ; March 7-8, 2019

Claremont Public Library Reading; Claremont, CA; March 2, 2019; 2:00PM – 4:00PM PST

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the SF State Third World Liberation Front Strike; The Annex, San Francisco, CA; February 19, 2019

Philips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH;  January 22-23, 2019

UCLA, Royce Hall, Los Angeles, CA; January 17, 2019; 8:00PM PST


Los Angeles Harbor College, November 27, 2018

San Francisco State University, Cancelled; new date to be announced

University of Vermont, November 7-9, 2018

American Academy of Arts and Sciences Event, Los Angeles Members Reception, November 4, 2018

USC PAM, November 1st, 2018

Cornell University, October 25, 2018

University of Maryland, October 23-24, 2018

Bottari Lattes Literary Prize, October 19, 2018

Google Chicago Talk, October 11, 2018

Conversation with Josh Kun, University Club, October 3, 2018

Cal State LA, September 27, 2018

USC Visions and Voices, September 25, 2018

Colgate University, September 13, 2018

Central Michigan University, September 12, 2018

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, September 11, 2018

A Conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen, Officience, July 28, 2018

American Library in Paris, July 15, 2018 @3PM-5PM

American Library in Paris, July 8, 2018 @3PM-5PM

American Library in Paris, July 4, 2018 @7:30PM

Soros Fellowship Reunion Keynote, June 16, 2018

San Jose Art Museum, June 9, 2018 @6PM

California Joint Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus API Heritage Month Excellence Awards May 14, 2018

Portland Arts and Lectures, May 8, 2018, @7:30pm

Seattle Arts and Lectures, May 7, 2018, @7:30pm

Gates High School, May 7, 2018

Arundhati Roy with Viet Thanh Nguyen: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, New York City Public Library, May 3, 2018

Viet Thanh Nguyen on Art and Politics, Bay Area Book Festival, April 28 @1:30PM-2:45PM

Conversation with Viet Nguyen, Meron Hadero, and Jamison Stoltz, Skylight Books, April 26, 2018 @7:30PM

University of Southern California, Convocation Ceremony for Presidential Medallion, Los Angeles, CA, April 24, 2018, Details TBA

LA Times Festival of Books 2018,  April 22, 2018 @11AM-12PM

Mission College, April 18-19, 2018 @6:30-8PM

Brown University, Providence, RI, April 11, 2018, @4:30pm

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, April 10, 2018, Details TBA

Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh, PA, April 9, 2018, @7:30pm

Mohsin Hamid, ALOUD, April 2, 2018 @7:30PM

Buffalo City Lecture Series, Buffalo, NY, March 23, 2018 @8pm

Boston College, Boston, MA, March 21, 2018, @7pm

Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Ketchum, Idaho, March 8, 2018, @6:30pm

The Cabin: Readings and Conversations, Boise, Idaho, March 6, 2018, @7:30pm

An Evening with President Faust, The Ebell of Los Angeles, February 15, 2018 @6:30PM-9:30PM

KSOM Heal Guest Lecturer War Memory and Trauma, February 14, 2018 @2PM-3PM

University of Southern California, Reception for MacArthur Fellowship Award, Los Angeles, CA, February 12, 2018, Details TBA

Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, February 8, 2018, @4:15pm

Eagle Hill School, Hardwick, MA, February 7, 2018, Details TBA

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, January 30, 2018, @7:30pm

Skylight Books, Los Angeles, CA, January 26, 2018, @7:30pm

Cal Poly SLO, San Luis Obispo, CA, January 25, 2018, @4pm

Rancho Mirage Writers Festival, Rancho Mirage, CA, January 23-24, 2018, Details TBA


University of Southern California, Visions and Voices: John Cho and Viet Thanh Nguyen in Conversation, November 30, 2017

Writers Resist, Los Angeles, CA, January 14, 2018, @1pm

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Troy Lecture, November 15, @4:30pm

University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, November 14, 2017, @7pm

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series, Rice University, November 13, 2017, @7:30pm

Red Hen Press Fundraiser, 23rd Benefit Champagne Luncheon, Westin Hotel in Pasadena, CA, November 12, 2017, @11am

Cal State Channel Islands, November 2, 2017, @3:30pm

Indiana University Bloomington, October 26, 2017, @7pm.

University of Kentucky, October 25, 2017, Details TBA.

San Jose State University, October 18, 2017, @7pm.

Santa Clara University, October 19, 2017 @12pm.

UC Santa Cruz, October 19, 2017, @7pm.

The New Yorker Festival, MasterCard Stage at SVA Theatre, October 7, 2017, @4pm.

The New Yorker Festival, McNally Jackson Books Book Signing, 52 Prince Street, New York, NY, October 7, 2017, @1pm.

“One Book, One University” Festival, University of La Verne, October 4, 2017, @11:45am.

“Philanthropy at a Crossroads” Conference, Southern California Grantmakers, Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, September 26, 2017, 2:30pm.

Innovate Armenia, University of Southern California, September 23, 2017, @5pm.

St. Catherine University, September 15, 2017, 6:30pm.

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, September 14, 2017, @1pm.

Festival delle Letterature, Rome, Italy, July 13, 2017, @9pm

La Milanesiana, Milan, Italy, July 11, 2017, @12pm

American Library in Paris, 10 rue du Général Camou, Paris, France, June 20, 2017, @7:30pm

Skirball Cultural Center,Evening with the National Book Awards, Los Angeles, CA, May 17, 2017, @8pm

Pasadena City College, May 11, @1pm

Stanford University, May 10, @10am

Center for Fiction, New York, Thursday May 4, @7pm

City University of New YorkManhattan, Theatre 2, BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, May 4, @2pm

Arlington Public Library, Virginia, May 3, @7pm

Williams College, Massachusetts, May 2, @7pm

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, April 22-23

Changing Hands Bookstore, Phoenix, AZ, April 20, @7pm

Association for Asian American Studies Conference, Portland, OR, April 14-15, details TBA

Golden West Community College, Huntington Beach, CA, April 11, 2017 @5:30pm

Cal State Monterey Bay, Master’s Class in Creative Writing and Service Learning, April 7, 2017, @10am

Cal State Monterey Bay, 21st Annual Social Justice Colloquium, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science, Music Hall, Thursday April 6, 2017, @6pm

CPD Conversations in Public Diplomacy: Mediating Memory and Identity. USC, Annenberg Room 207, Wednesday, April 5, 2017 @12pm.

Occidental College, April 4, 2017 @7pm

Bellarmine College Preparatory Hall of Fame Induction, San Jose, CA, April 1.

Lannan Foundation, with Maxine Hong Kingston, in Sante Fe, NM, on Wednesday, March 29, 2017.

Georgetown University, The Global Soul, Symposium, Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice, New North 306, 37th and O Streets, N.W., Washington D.C., March 27-28.

Denison University, Granville, OH, Thursday, March 23, 2017, @7:30pm.

University of North Dakota Writers Conference, Memorial Union Ballroom, on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 8:00pm.

92nd Street Y, Buttenwieser Hall, Lexinton Ave at 92nd street, New York City, Thursday, March 16, 2017.

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists Reading, The New School, 66 W 12th St., New York City, March 15, 2017 @6:30pm

LA Public Library, Los Angeles, CA, Interviewing Ocean Vuong, March 13, 2017 @ 7:15pm

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, March 8-10, 2017.

Pasadena Public Library, Pasadena, CA, Thursday, March 2, @7pm

Pasadena City College, Creveling Lounge, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Thursday, March 2, @11am

Seattle Public Library, Seattle, WA, February 24, details TBA

Powell’s Bookstore, Portland, OR, February 23 @7:30pm

The Register Book Club, Feb 21, The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana, CA, @7pm.

University of Georgia, Feb 14 (Larry Walker Room – Dean Rusk Hall) @4pm

University of Georgia, Feb 13 (Betty Jean Craig Lecture, at The Chapel) @4pm

Politics and Prose Bookstore with Roxane Gay, St. Paul’s Church, 4900 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington DC, February 11, 7:30pm

AWP (Association of Writing Programs), Washington D.C., February 8-11, 2017.Distant Lands, Intimate Voices with Patricia Engel, Sabina Murray, and Viet Thanh Nguyen. Association of Writing Programs Conference. Ballroom C, Washington Convention Center, Level Three, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, Washington DC. 8:30-10PM, February 10, 2017.

The Art of War: The Power & Role of the Writer in Times of Crisis with Lidia Yuknavitch, David Shields, Pireeni Sundaralingam, and Viet Thanh Nguyen. Association of Writing Programs Conference. Room 202A, Washington Convention Center, Level Two, Saturday, February 11, 2017, 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm

Late Night with Seth Meyers, New York, February 9, 2017, watch the interview here.

City Arts & Lectures, In Conversation with Judson True, Thursday, February 2, 2017, @7:30pm

Manhattan Beach Library, Manhattan Beach, CA, February 1, @12pm.

Newport Beach Public Library, Newport Beach, CA, Thursday January 26, 2017.

UC Irvine, UCI Student Center, Crystal Cove Auditorium, on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 (time TBD).

Writers Resist Public Reading, Venice CA, Sunday, January 15, 2017.

Modern Language Association ConventionPresidential Plenary on “Boundary Conditions” featuring Kwame Anthony Appiah, Dan M. Edelstein, Rita Felski, Viet Nguyen, Homi Bhabha. Liberty Ballroom ABC, Philadelphia Marriott 1201 Market St, Philadelphia, PA. Friday, January 6, 2017 @10:15am.


American Studies Association Conference, Denver, CO, Panel discussion on Thursday November 18, 2016 @Noon.

USC Francophone Research and Resource Center with Ben Tran, Los Angeles, CA, USC Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240, 4-6pm.

The Beverly Hills Literary Escape, The Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA, Saturday November 5, 2016 @ 9am

UC Berkeley, Friday, October 28. Beyond Victims and Voices: On Writing as a Radical Act. 820 Barrows Hall, 2-4pm.

Wisconsin Book Festival (afternoon),Workshop With High School Teachers (morning), Madison, WI, Saturday, October 22, 2016.

CSEAS (Center for Southeast Asian Studies) Friday Forum, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI, Friday, October 21, 2016.

International Festival of Authors, Toronto, ON. Harbourfront, Thursday, October 20, 2016.

Chevalier’s Books, Los Angeles, Wednesday October 19 @7pm.

Vietnamese American Lawyers Association, San Jose, Saturday October 15, 2016.

LA Chefs for Human Rights, An Evening Benefitting PTV, Monday, October 10, 2016.

Glendale Central Library, Adult Recreation Center, on Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 7:00 – 8:30pm.

Jaipur Literary Festival, Boulder Public Library, CO, Saturday, September 24, 2016.

LA Institute of the Humanities, Los Angeles, September 23, 2016. Details TBA.

Princeton University, Lewis Center, McCorrmick 101, Monday, September 19, 2016 at 4:30pm

USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study,Doheny Memorial Library Room 241, on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 5:00pm.

Otis College of Art and Design, The Forum, Goldsmith Campus, on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 7:30pm.

Annenberg Space for Photography, Refugees in America: A Conversation, discussion panel on America’s historic response to refugees with Makeda Best, Asli Bâli, and Saul Gonzalez. Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00pm.

The New York Public Library, a preview of the photographic exhibition “Where the Children Sleep” to commemorate World Refugee Day. Schwarzman Building, The Edna Barnes Salomon Room, on Monday, June 20, 2016 at 7:00pm.

University of Oregon, Conversation & Book Signing with David Leiwei Li, Collins Professor. Straub Hall, Room 156, on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 7:00pm.

The Wellstone Center, in conversation with novelist Matt Gallagher, author of Youngblood. Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 2:00pm.

UC Irvine, Lecture. May 26, 2016.

UC Riverside, ‘Toward a Critical Refugee Studies: A Symposium’, a Q&A with artists Mai Der Vang and praCh. INTS 1128, on May 25, 2016 from 4:00 – 4:30pm.

Los Angeles Central Public Library ALOUD event, in conversation with Maxine Hong Kingston. Mark Taper Auditorium, on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 7:15pm.

17th Annual Author’s Luncheon with AAUW (Association of American University Women), Torrance Doubletree Hotel, Penthouse Room, on May 21, 2016 from 11:00am – 3:30pm.

Pulitzer Prize Event: War, Migration and the Quest for Peace, in conversation with Fredrik Logevall, 2013 History Pulitzer Prize winner and Laurence D. Belfer, Professor of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School; and Sebastian Junger, bestselling author and director of the documentary “Restrepo”. Moderated by Kim Murphy, LA Times assistant managing editor and Pulitzer Prize winner. Performances of excerpts from two Pulitzer Prize-winning plays, “Elliot, a Soldier’s Fugue” (2012) by Quiara Alegria Hudes and “Disgraced” (2013) by Ayad Akhtar, will follow. Ebell Theater in Los Angeles, on Thursday, May 19, 2016 from 7:00 – 9:00pm.

The 36th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony, Folger Shakespeare Library, on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 7:00pm.

Skylight Bookstore in Los Angeles, launch party for Viet’s new book, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War and the paperback of The Sympathizer. Viet will be in conversation with legendary antiwar activist and Sixties icon Tom Hayden. Saturday May 7, 2016 at 5:00pm.

UC Berkeley, 315 Wheeler Hall, on May 5, 2016 from 7:00 – 8:00pm.

City Lights Books in San Francisco, in conversation with Maxine Hong Kingston. May 4, 2016 at 7:00pm.

Brooklyn Public Library, in conversation with Vu Tran, author of Dragonfish. Central Library, Dweck Center, on Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 7:30 – 9:30pm.

University of Pennsylvania, Fisher-Bennett Hall 330, on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 5:00 – 7:00pm.

Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library, on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 7:30pm.

Harvard Bookstore, on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 7:00pm.

Yale University, in conversation with Professor Jing Tsu, Chair of the Council on East Asian Studies and Professor of Chinese Literature and Comparative Literature. Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium, on Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 4:00 – 5:30pm.

University of Chicago, Rosenwald Hall, Room 405, Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 6:00pm.

Cleveland Humanities Festival, CCPL South Euclid Branch, Tuesday, April 12, 2016 from 7:00 – 9:00pm.

2016 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony, KGB Bar & Lit Mag, on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 7:00pm.

Literary Orange 2016 at the OC Public Libraries, Irvine Marriott, on Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 1:50 – 2:30pm.

Association of Writing Programs Conference, Beyond 40 Years: A Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network reading of Vietnamese American Fiction Writers, in conversation with Aimee Phan, Bich Minh Nguyen, Vu Tran, and Dao Strom. JW Marriott LA, Gold Salon 4, on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Santa Monica College, HSS 165, on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 11:15am.

University of Virginia, Lecture. Monroe 130, on Monday, March 21, 2016 at 5:00pm.

Virginia Festival of the Book, UVa Bookstore,  on Sunday, March 20, 2016 from 1:00 – 2:30pm.

Tucson Festival of Books, University of Arizona Campus, March 12-13, 2016.

38th Annual UC Riverside Writers Week Conference, CHASS Interdisciplinary Building, South – Screening Room, INTS 1128, on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 4:30pm.

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