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Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam and raised in America. He is the author of the memoir, "A Man of Two Faces" longlisted for the National Book Award; "The Sympathizer," winner of the Pulitzer Prize and soon to be an HBO Original Series; its sequel, "The Committed;" the short story collection "The Refugees;" the nonfiction book "Nothing Ever Dies," a finalist for the National Book Award and is the editor of an anthology of refugee writing, "The Displaced." He is the Aerol Arnold Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California and a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur foundations. His new book is "A Man of Two Faces: A Memoir, A History, A Memorial."
Awards: Guggenheim Fellow, Edgar Award, MacArthur Fellow, Pulitzer Prize, Finalist, National Book Award for Nonfiction; Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction; Finalist, PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction