In collaboration with the Los Angeles Review of Books, Chevalier’s is pleased to announce a special reading and signing featuring Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer, in conversation with Tom Lutz, on Saturday, August 29th, at 4:00pm.
The Sympathizer is the story of a South Vietnamese captain–a man brought up by an absent French father and a poor Vietnamese mother, a man who went to university in America–who returns to Vietnam to fight for the Communist cause. Described by T.C. Boyle as “a disturbing, fascinating, and darkly comic take on the fall of Saigon,” The Sympathizer, through the lens of literature, film, and current conflicts, examines the legacy of the Vietnam War.
Viet Thanh Nguyen is an associate professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America (Oxford University Press, 2002). His short fiction has been published in Manoa, Best New American Voices 2007, TriQuarterly, the Chicago Tribune, and Gulf Coast, where his story won the 2007 Fiction Prize. He has finished a collection of short stories and is finishing an academic book called War, Memory, Identity, which is the critical bookend to a creative project whose fictional bookend is The Sympathizer.
This reading and signing will be hosted by Tom Lutz for Tom’s Book Club, a function of LARB. This is a free event, but please RSVP here. We’re so excited to host this event with LARB and we hope to see you there!