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Introducing The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives

Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Sympathizer Viet Thanh Nguyen called on 17 fellow refugee writers from across the globe to shed light on their experiences, and the result is The Displaced, a powerful dispatch from the individual lives behind current headlines, with proceeds to support the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Today the world faces an enormous refugee crisis—22.5… (read more)


Spies Like Us: A Professor Undercover in the Literary Marketplace

Timothy K. August discusses The Sympathizer and other novels by Viet Thanh Nguyen in this review for Literature Interpretation Theory.  Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Pulitzer…(read more)

Nguyen, Soll named University Professors

USC Dornsife faculty members Viet Thanh Nguyen and Jacob Soll are recognized by USC President C. L. Max Nikias for outstanding leadership in their…(read more)

How Viet Thanh Nguyen found his voice

Colleen Walsh writes about Viet Thanh Nguyen’s discussion about identity, politics, and politics in his books Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.  Pulitzer Prize-winning…(read more)

Ishiguro effect: the phenomenon of the new Asian voices in current literature

Juan Batalla counts Viet Thanh Nguyen among the “new voices” of Asian-American literature. Originally published by Infobae. Desde que el autor japonés-británico obtuvo el Nobel…(read more)

The Sympathizer wins the Sofitel Prize for Best Foreign Book

Livres Hebdo reports that The Sympathizer has won the Sofitel Prize for Best Foreign Book, in the category of the novel, for 2017. Le…(read more)

Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2017 MacArthur Fellow, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, September 23, 2017

MacArthur Genius winner Viet Thanh Nguyen addresses UC Santa Cruz

Mairav Zonszein covers Viet Thanh Nguyen’s appearance at UC Santa Cruz’s Living Writers Series for the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Author and academic Viet Thanh…(read more)

Viet Nguyen Awarded MacArthur Fellowship

The MacArthur Foundation has awarded Viet Thanh Nguyen with a 2017 MacArthur Fellowship for his work as a fiction writer and cultural critic. In…(read more)

Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2017 MacArthur Genius Grant recipient

MacArthur ‘genius grants’ go to novelists Viet Thanh Nguyen and Jesmyn Ward

The Guardian’s Alison Flood writes a piece highlighting Viet Thanh Nguyen and Jesmyn Ward as two recipients of the 2017 MacArthur Genius Grant. Viet…(read more)

Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2017 MacArthur Fellow, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, September 23, 2017

Viet Nguyen wins prestigious MacArthur Foundation award

An article originally posted for USC News, Susan Bell covers Viet Thanh Nguyen on becoming a 2017 MacArthur Grant recipient. The “genius grant” honors…(read more)

Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2017 MacArthur Fellow, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, September 23, 2017

MacArthur ‘genius’ grant winners step into the spotlight: ‘Is this really happening?’

Following the reveal of the 2017 MacArthur Fellows, Washington Post’s Caitlin Gibson collects the reactions of Viet Thanh Nguyen and other fellows. When the call…(read more)

Image credits to Oriana Koren for The New York Times. The novelist and professor Viet Thanh Nguyen at his home in Los Angeles.

MacArthur Foundation Names 2017 ‘Genius’ Grant Winners

Originally written for the New York Times, the following is an excerpt about Viet Thanh Nguyen from Jennifer Schuessler’s New York Times article on the…(read more)

Here Are The 2017 MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant Winners

Colin Dwyers of NPR puts together a list of the 24 recipients of the 2017 MacArthur Genius Grant, one fellow being Viet Thanh Nguyen.…(read more)

Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2017 MacArthur Fellow

MacArthur Fellow 2017: Viet Thanh Nguyen

The following is Viet Thanh Nguyen’s profile on the MacArthur Foundation’s website.   Challenging popular depictions of the Vietnam War and exploring the myriad…(read more)

Image credits to Getty Images. USC professor and writer Viet Thanh Nguyen has been named a 2017 MacArthur fellow.

Viet Thanh Nguyen is a 2017 MacArthur fellow for fiction and nonfiction

In this amalgamation of interviews, Agatha French from the Los Angeles Times creates a portrait of Viet Thanh Nguyen after winning a 2017 MacArthur…(read more)

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MacArthur fellows for 2017: a tragicomic novelist, an ‘Afropolitan’ painter and more

Writing for the Los Angeles Times, Deborah Vankin builds a profile on Viet Thanh Nguyen, and a few other 2017 MacArthur fellows. The 2017 MacArthur fellows…(read more)