French Ministry of Culture appoints Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen was appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.  The purpose of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres is the recognition of significant contributions to the arts, literature, or the propagation of these fields. 

The Phi Beta Kappa Society presents the Sidney Hook Memorial Award to Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Phi Beta Kappa Society has named Viet Thanh Nguyen as the recipient of its Sidney Hook Memorial Award. Phi Beta Kappa presented the award to Nguyen on…(read more)

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The Book Club: The Vietnamese diaspora and the aftermath of war

ABC’s (Australian Broadcasting Company) book club covers Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Committed in an episode about how the Vietnamese diaspora responds to war. Vietnam,…(read more)

He Writes Unreliable Narrators Because He Is One, Too

In this profile by Alexandra Alter for the New York Times, Viet Thanh Nguyen reflects on memory and what that means for his narrator…(read more)

Viet Thanh Nguyen has just become the first Asian-American member of the Pulitzer Board.

Viet Thanh Nguyen joins the Pulitzer Prize board as its first Vietnamese-American member. A big congratulations to Viet Thanh Nguyen, who is joining the Pulitzer…(read more)


Viet Thanh Nguyen gives a keynote speech at the “Transcendients Community Celebration: Challenging Borders” for the Japanese American Nation Museum The Transcendients Community Celebration: Challenging…(read more)


Viet Thanh Nguyen was honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for the 2020 Arts and Letters Award in Literature for exceptional…(read more)


Catch Viet at one of these appearances in the coming months and say hello! He will be presenting on his academic work or, at…(read more)

Author Việt Thanh Nguyễn discusses Asian American representation in the media

Jane Nguyen covers Viet Thanh Nguyen’s lecture at the 2020 David Nishida and Tina Yamano Nishida Distinguished Lecture and SEASON Conference for the Daily…(read more)

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Magnus Alsne writes about Viet Thanh Nguyen’s lecture at Uppsala University for the university. I sin hyllade debutroman Sympatisören ger Viet Thanh Nguyen nya…(read more)

Feb. 6, 2020: William F. Lee and Viet Thanh Nguyen to receive AALDEF 2020 Justice in Action Awards

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund honors Viet Thanh Nguyen with the Justice in Action award at their Lunar New Year Gala.…(read more)

‘Chicken of the Sea’ is a wacky collaboration between two acclaimed Vietnamese-American artists and their kids

Michael Berry writes about the creative process between Viet Thanh Nguyen, Thi Bui, and their children that lead to Chicken of the Sea for…(read more)

Best of The Decade

The Sympathizer is recognized across various literary sites as one of the best books of the decade. Literary Hub‘s Best of the Decade: What…(read more)

The 20 Best Novels of the Decade

Jonny Diamond, editor of LitHub lists The Sympathizer as one of Literary Hub‘s best novel of the decade. Friends, it’s true: the end of…(read more)


Viet Thanh Nguyen captivates the audience of students at Lake City High School auditorium and talks about identity struggle, privilege, and power. The slow,…(read more)

YBCA 2019 Summit

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts honors Viet Thanh Nguyen for their YBCA 100 list for 2019. Every year, Yerba Buena Center for the…(read more)