Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

The Secret to Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Overnight Success

Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer and The Refugees

In this phone interview for Electric Lit, Joe Fassler inquires about the decades of work it took to build up to Viet Thanh Nguyen’s recent success. The novelist seemed to go from unknown to MacArthur genius in two years. In truth, it took decades. This month, the novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen was awarded one of […]

Viet Thanh Nguyen: The Sympathizer

Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2017 MacArthur Fellow

Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses The Sympathizer and the Vietnam War in this interview with Robert Scheer of KCRW’s Scheer Intelligence. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author discusses his acclaimed novel and the legacy of the Vietnam War. USC professor Viet Thanh Nguyen won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Sympathizer and is a 2017 MacArthur Fellow. […]

MacArthur Genius winner Viet Thanh Nguyen addresses UC Santa Cruz

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

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 Nguyen spoke at UC Santa Cruz Thursday night, telling the crowd of more than 200 his refugee story. The University of Southern California professor spoke just days after being awarded the […]

Longreads: An Interview with Macarthur ‘Genius’ Viet Thanh Nguyen on Longreads

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

2017 MacArthur fellow Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses questions of justice, diversity in literature, and empathy across cultures in an interview with Catherine Cusick. Interview originally published by Longreads. Viet Thanh Nguyen had just gotten back from a summer in Paris when he received an unexpected phone call from a Chicago number. He didn’t recognize the […]

How a Pulitzer-Prize Winning Novelist Thinks About Coffee, Screenplays and Facebook

In this interview for the Observer, Jimmy Soni asks Viet Thanh Nguyen about his writing process.  This past week, Viet Thanh Nguyen was announced as one of the winners of this year’s MacArthur “Genius” Grants. It is the latest honor in a career that has taken Nguyen from writing screenplay drafts to winning the Pulitzer Prize for […]

Viet Thanh Nguyen ‘humbled’ with the prestigious MacArthur

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

Long Hoàng of VOA Tiếng Việt conducts an interview with Viet Thanh Nguyen, following his recipiency of the 2017 MacArthur Genius Grant. Tiểu thuyết gia người Mỹ gốc Việt, Nguyễn Thanh Việt, một lần nữa khiến mọi người chú ý với giải thưởng MacArthur Fellowship danh giá do Quỹ MacArthur, một tổ chức tư nhân phi […]

MacArthur Foundation Names ‘Genius Grant’ Winners for 2017

Viet Thanh Nguyen is one of seven 2017 MacArthur Fellows featured in The Wall Street Journal in October 2017. When told that they’ve been selected for the MacArthur Fellows Program, “genius grant” winners are given a phone number to use for a variety of reasons—including if, a little later, they start to think that they dreamed up […]

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 particular, the MacArthur Foundation recognizes Viet Nguyen’s contributions to “challenging popular depictions of the Vietnam War and exploring the myriad ways that war lives on for those it has displaced.” The […]

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

Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2017 MacArthur Genius Grant recipient

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 Thanh Nguyen and Jesmyn Ward, two novelists exploring how writers from minority communities must “claim the same rights” as the majority, have landed $625,000 (£470,000) MacArthur fellowships, popularly known as “genius […]

Viet Thanh Nguyen Is The Pro-Refugee Voice America Needs To Hear

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

The Huffington Post’s Claire Fallon interviews Viet Thanh Nguyen as a 2017 MacArthur Fellow and prolific author of Vietnamese-American experiences. “Those of us who are refugees and immigrants or who support them, we have to use every tool at our disposal, including our writing.” When it comes to the Vietnam War, Vietnamese refugees in America […]

Viet Nguyen wins prestigious MacArthur Foundation award

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

An article originally posted for USC News, Susan Bell covers Viet Thanh Nguyen on becoming a 2017 MacArthur Grant recipient. The “genius grant” honors the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and professor, whose groundbreaking work has enabled Americans and others to view the Vietnam War from more balanced perspectives. Viet Thanh Nguyen, Aerol Arnold Chair of English […]

MacArthur Foundation Names 2017 ‘Genius’ Grant Winners

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

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 2017 MacArthur Grant recipients. Mr. Nguyen, who won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for his novel “The Sympathizer,” said he wanted to use some of the money to hire an editor to […]

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. It’s not often you’ll find these 24 names in the same place. They are historians and musicians, computer scientists and social activists, writers and architects. But whatever it may read on […]