Poets & Writers | Writers for Writers Award, Editor’s Award

The Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award celebrates authors who have given generously to other writers or to the broader literary community. The award, which is presented each year at Poets & Writers’ annual gala, is named for Barnes & Noble in appreciation of its long-standing support.

Recipients of the 2022 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award will be Viet Thanh Nguyen, James Patterson, and Sonia Sanchez.

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and numerous other awards. His most recent publication is the sequel to The SympathizerThe Committed. His other books are a short story collection, The RefugeesNothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award in General Nonfiction); and Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America. He has also published Chicken of the Sea, a children’s book written in collaboration with his six-year-old son, Ellison. He is a University Professor, the Aerol Arnold Chair of English, and a Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity, and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. A recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations, he is also the editor of The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives. Nguyen is co-founder and supporter of the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN), which sponsors and promotes Vietnamese artists and writers. With no budget and voluntary labor, Nguyen created the blog diaCRITICS to share news about Vietnamese diasporic arts and to provide a publishing platform for Vietnamese writers.

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  1. Teresa Meade says:

    I very much appreciate Viet Thanh Nguyen’s work and assigned “No One Ever Dies” for my students on our term abroad in Vietnam in Fall 2019. It was a huge success and they understood the importance of the war as an event in the history of US and of refugees so much better. A couple of the students were Vietnamese-Americans and very much appreciated Nguyen’s insights on the contradictions of being an immigrant/child-of-refugees.

    I would like for Professor Nguyen to see my book, “We Don’t Become Refugees by Choice: Mia Truskier, Survival, and Activism from Occupied Poland to California, 1920-2014” (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2021). This a link to the pdf. I will send a hard copy if he wants one. I draw on interviews with Tran Kim Anh, a Vietnamese refugee who was aided by Mia Truskier. I also interviewed Ngo Thanh Nhan, who is now at NYU but met Mia Truskier when he was organizing the