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Viet Thanh Nguyen's favorite books of 2017: "The Song Poet" and "The Sellout"

I was late to reading Paul Beatty’s “The Sellout” but loved it as I knew I would, having been a fan since his 2001 novel “The White Boy Shuffle.” He wrote so many lines and deployed so many ideas I wished I had, beginning with the legal case that begins the novel: Me vs. America. Less well known...

Bill Gates' favorite reads of 2017 include Viet Thanh Nguyen's 'The Sympathizer' and Matthew Desmond's 'Evicted'

Bill Gates made his name in the world of computers, but he's also become known in the literary world as a not-so-secret book nerd. For the fifth year in a row, the Microsoft co-founder and prolific philanthropist has published a list of his five favorite books of the year. Gates unveiled his picks...

MY THANKSGIVING: Feeling Conflicted on Thanksgiving

For Viet Thanh Nguyen, a member of a refugee family, preparing the holiday meal does not bring up warm and fuzzy memories.

The Secret To 'Overnight' Success Is Decades Of Work

4 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

How did new MacArthur "genius grant" winner Viet Thanh Nguyen get where he is now? "A mere 18 months ago, Nguyen was still unknown as a fiction writer. His career began quickly, and seemingly out of nowhere, in April 2015?—?when a rave on the cover of The New York Times Book Review made his debut […]

A 20 Year Overnight Success

Joe Fassler interviews recent MacArthur Genius and Year-in-Reading alum Viet Thanh Nguyen on the myth of overnight success, balancing an academic career while still finding time to write novels and the sacrifices all writers must make. Over at Electric Literature. The post A 20 Year Overnight Success appeared first on The Millions.

French literary prizes

They've announced the winners of the prix Sofitel du Meilleur livre étranger -- a French best-foreign-book prize -- and both the fiction and non winners are translations from the English: Viet Thanh Nguyen's Pulitzer Prize-winner, The...Show More Summary

Shorties (Griffin Dunne on His Joan Didion Documentary, Stream a New Tune-Yards Song, and more)

Griffin Dunne talked to the Guardian and New York Times about his documentary Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold. Stream a new Tune-Yards song. Electric Literature interviewed author Viet Thanh Nguyen. Brett Anderson talked to Stereogum about her life...

An Interview with Viet Thanh Nguyen

The MacArthur-winning novelist on refugee literature and American politics.

2017 MacArthur Fellows

As widely noted, they've announced the 2017 MacArthur Fellows -- the US$625,000 "no-strings-attached award". As usual, there are a few writers in the crowd -- Viet Thanh Nguyen and Jesmyn Ward, as well as playwright Annie Baker.

Why MacArthur ‘genius’ Viet Thanh Nguyen says writers should make people uncomfortable

5 months agoArts : Art Beat

Viet Thanh Nguyen at a book reading at the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, Mass., on Monday, April 18, 2016. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) “I think I have to be willing to be unsettled and to be uncomfortable,” Viet Thanh Nguyen told the NewsHour earlier this year, about how he writes and how he lives. Show More Summary

Two Freshly Minted Literary Geniuses Will Visit Seattle Soon

5 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

by Rich Smith (L-R) Look for Viet Thanh Nguyen and Jesmyn Ward at a Benaroya Hall near you. John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation This morning the MacArthur Fellowship announced their new class of geniuses, each of whom receive...Show More Summary

MacArthur 'Genius Grant' Winners For 2017 Include Annie Baker, Taylor Mac, Yuval Sharon, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Dawoud Bey

5 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Alongside playwright Baker (The Flick, Circle Mirror Transformation), theater artist Mac (A 24-Decade History of Popular Music), opera director Sharon (of the L.A. experimental company The Industry), critic and novelist Nguyen (The Sympathizer),...Show More Summary

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

5 months agoNews : Huffington Post

"Those of us who are refugees and immigrants or who support them, we have to use every tool at our disposal."

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

“The immigrant has always been an ambivalent figure in the United States,” writer Viet Thanh Nguyen told the Los Angeles Times last year. “The immigrant has always served as a source of rejuvenation for the country and a source of fear.” Examining that ambivalence is central to his work, across...

Letters to the Editor

Geoffrey C. Ward, Viet Thanh Nguyen and Vanessa Grigoriadis respond to reviews.

Critic’s Take: Viet Thanh Nguyen Reveals How Writers’ Workshops Can Be Hostile

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Sympathizer” explains how creative writing seminars can work against people who don’t come from the mainstream.

Books: Tig Notaro, Rueben Martinez, Thomas McGuane, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Annabelle Gurwitch, Conrad Aiken and more

The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes are always a celebration of excellence in all forms of literature, but this year the event will be a blast: Tig Notaro is hosting! Notaro, of course, is the comedian and star of the Amazon series “One Mississippi” — and author of the 2016 memoir “I’m Just A Person.”...

Essay by Viet Thanh Nguyen: On uselessness

Almost exactly 20 years ago, I arrived in Los Angeles in the month of June. I had received my doctorate from UC Berkeley in May and had turned 26 in February. That summer, I found a small apartment in Silver Lake and began preparing for a new career as a professor at USC. I look back on myself...

Q&A: Author Viet Thanh Nguyen on the ghosts that haunt refugees

One of the Vietnamese boat people, the author arrived in the U.S. when he was four, and now writes about his people's experience The post Q&A: Author Viet Thanh Nguyen on the ghosts that haunt refugees appeared first on

Books: Margaret Atwood, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Dan Chaon and the Death Sentences Reading Club

Could Margaret Atwood actually be considering a sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale”? We asked her about that, her graphic novel series “Angel Catbird” and more. Read on. THE BIG STORY “Women are human beings,” says Margaret Atwood. “If you’re going to pretend that they’re some angelic species at heart,...

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