The Committed: Viet Thanh Nguyen on Betrayal and Belonging

The Bay Area Book Festival’s year-round author conversation series, Bay Area Book Festival #UNBOUND, is hosting the live, virtual launch event for Viet Thanh Nguyen’s forthcoming novel, The Committed, on Tuesday, March 2nd at 7pm PST.

DVAN is proud to be an official Outreach Sponsor of this special event celebrating our Co-Founder and Co-Director, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and the highly-anticipated sequel to his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Sympathizer.

From the Bay Area Book Festival:

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 Pulitzer Prize; 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.

Event Details

Each ticket includes private access to the event recording for 10 days following the live event. Signed copies are limited and all copies will be shipped by City Lights Books in San Francisco starting March 2. To purchase tickets, visit the Bay Area Book Festival site.


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