Winner of a Pulitzer Prize for his 2015 novel The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen will visit UGA for a Feb. 13 talk as part of the Signature Lecture series and the Willson Center’s Global Georgia Initiative speaker series.
Nguyen’s Feb. 13 Global Georgia talk is presented as the department of comparative literature’s annual Betty Jean Craige Lecture.
Born in Ban Me Thuot, Viet Nam in 1971, Nguyen and his family came to the United States as refugees in 1975. He earned his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the University of California, Berkeley before accepting a teaching position at the University of Southern California, where he is now the Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity.
Other honors for The Sympathizer include the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel from the Mystery Writers of America, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction from the American Library Association, and the Asian/Pacific American Literature Award from the Asian/Pacific American Librarian Association. His first book, Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America, was published in 2002.
Our campus and community are extraordinarily fortunate to have such distinguished visitors. Don't miss these opportunities to hear from one of America's great contemporary writers.