“[Viet Thanh Nguyen] compares favorably with masters like Conrad, Greene, and le Carré.” —The New York Times
“It’s difficult to find comparisons to an author as original as Urrea, a kind of literary badass who still believes in love…—Alan Cheuse,
Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam and came to the U.S. in 1975. His remarkable debut novel,
The Sympathizer, won the Pulitzer Prize and made the finalist list for the PEN/Faulkner award. The New York Times described it as “giving voice to the previously voiceless while it compels the rest of us to look at the events of 40 years ago in a new light.”
Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and an American mother, Luis Urrea grew up in San Diego. He is the author of over 16 books and is the recipient of the Lannan Literary Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer. Urrea’s novel, Into the Beautiful North has been chosen for hundreds of community reads, and is on the list of the NEA’s Big Read program.
Viet and Luis both write about the immigrant experience, giving fresh voice to characters who have long been stereotyped by Western culture and providing an insightful perspective on the society we all share as Americans.
Funds provided by the Sally & William A. Rutter Endowment for the Performing Arts.
Viet Nguyen Photo Credit: Bebe Jacobs
Luis Urrea Photo Credit: Joe Mazza, Brave Lux