French author Maylis De Kerangal and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Viet Thanh Nguyen read from their work at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, September 19, in McCormick 101 on the University campus. The reading, cosponsored by Princeton University’s Program in Creative Writing and the Council on the Humanities, is free and open to the public.

Nguyen will also present a talk entitled, “On Remembering Others: Vietnam and the Memory of War,” earlier on September 19 at 12:00 p.m. in McCormick 106 on the Princeton campus. This talk, presented by the Program in American Studies, is also free and open to the public.



MAYLIS DE KERANGAL is the author of several novels in French, including Je marche sous un ciel de traîne (2000), La vie voyageuse (2003), Corniche Kennedy (2008), and Naissance d’un pont (published in English as Birth of a Bridge, winner of the Prix Franz Hessel and Prix Médicis in 2010). She has also published a collection of short stories, Ni fleurs ni couronnes (2006), and a novella, Tangente vers l’est (winner of the 2012 Prix Landerneau). In addition, she has published a fiction tribute to Kate Bush and Blondie titled Dans les rapides (2007). In 2014, her fifth novel, Réparer les vivants (The Heart), was published to wide acclaim, and won the Grand Prix RTL-Lire and the Student Choice Novel of the Year from France culture and Télérama. She lives in Paris, France.

VIET THANH NGUYEN is the author of The Sympathizer, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His other works include Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War, which was released in April 2016, and Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America. Nguyen’s honors include 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, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, a Gold Medal in First Fiction from the California Book Awards, and the Asian/Pacific American Literature Award from the Asian/Pacific American Librarian Association. He is the Aerol Arnold Professor of English and an associate professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.

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  • Program in Creative Writing