The Committed: Viet Thanh Nguyen on Betrayal and Belonging

Hosted by the Bay Area Book Festival in partnership with City Lights Bookstore and the San Francisco Chronicle
"The Committed," 2016 Fiction winner and Pulitzer Prize Board member Viet Thanh Nguyen's new novel. (Grove Press)

Viet Thanh Nguyen burst onto the literary scene with "The Sympathizer," an "intelligent, relentlessly paced and savagely funny" (Wall Street Journal) debut novel that won 2016’s Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. The world has been waiting ever since for the next chapter in the life of Nguyen’s unforgettable antihero, a half-French, half-Vietnamese double agent in the Vietnam War. The wait is over: Nguyen is back with "The Committed." We catch up with our narrator in Paris, where he falls in with left-wing intelligentsia while still reeling from his torturous post-war “reeducation.” Nguyen has truly outdone himself; Booker Prize winner Marlon James calls "The Committed" "a sequel that goes toe to toe with the original then surpasses it. A masterwork."

If you saw our July 2020 star-studded virtual event, Coming Together When Things Fall Apart, you caught a glimpse of Nguyen’s insight, wit, and grace in articulating the truths we need right now — whether about war, politics, or the complexities of human emotion. Nguyen will be joined by Laila Lalami, author of "The Moor's Account," for which she was a finalist for the Fiction Prize in 2015; "The Other Americans," which was shortlisted for the 2019 National Book Award; and most recently the nonfiction work "Conditional Citizens."

This live conversation is part of Bay Area Book Festival #UNBOUND in partnership with the legendary City Lights Books, a bastion of activism and cutting-edge literature.

-- from the event page

The virtual panel is scheduled for 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM PST. Tickets ($20 for event admission; $40 for admission and a signed copy of "The Committed") are required to attend. Buy tickets here.