Tucson Festival of Books

Live and Learn

Viet Thanh Nguyen and Safiya Sinclair are very much aware of how their backgrounds and cultures have shaped who they are today. Their backgrounds have shaped the authors they are, too. In this session, they compare notes on their books -- and their journeys.

Viet Thanh Nguyen

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....

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Safiya Sinclair

Safiya Sinclair was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She is the author of the poetry collection "Cannibal," winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award in Literature, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Poetry and the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry....

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A Man of Two Faces
A Memoir, a History, a Memorial
Viet Thanh Nguyen
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Grove/Atlantic, Incorporated
January 2023
ISBN 9780802160508
400 pages

How to Say Babylon
A Memoir
Safiya Sinclair
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Simon & Schuster
October 2023
ISBN 9781982132330
352 pages
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