Williams to Host Reading Featuring Novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email:[email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., April 26, 2017—Williams College will host a reading by novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen of his book, The Sympathizer, on Tuesday, May 2, at 7 p.m. in Griffin Hall, room 3. This event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the talk.

The Sympathizer is a New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction. This debut novel follows an anonymous narrator who is a mole in the South Vietnamese army and is embedded in a South Vietnamese community in exile in the United States. The novel explores themes of dual identity, immigration, politics, metafiction, and war. In the novel, an unnamed narrator guides the reader though the contradictions of the war and American identity. The book also has been honored with 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, among many others.

Nguyen currently works as the Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. His other books are Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War and Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America. His current book is a short story collection titled The Refugees. Nguyen holds two B.A. degrees and a Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley.

The Department of English, the Lecture Committee, and the Oakley Center for Social Science and Humanities are sponsoring this event.


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