LA Times Festival of Books: Chicken of the Sea by Viet Thanh Nguyen and Ellison Nguyen A Reading and Conversation with the Authors and Illustrators, Presented by USC

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Sunday, November 1, 2020 - 11:00am to 11:45am
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LA Times Festival of Books Chicken of the Sea by Viet Thanh Nguyen and Ellison Nguyen A Reading and Conversation with the Authors and Illustrators, Presented by USC with the authors Viet Thanh Nguyen and Ellison Tai Duong Nguyen and illustrators Thi Bui and Hien Bui-Stafford on Sunday, November 1st from 11:00 am - 11:45 am

Join the Los Angeles Times, in partnership with USC, in celebrating 25 years of the Festival of Books, Stories & Ideas with 25 individual virtual events. Due to the coronavirus, The Times has reimagined the festival as a communitywide virtual gathering.

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Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and numerous other awards. His other books are a short story collection, The Refugees; Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award in General Nonfiction); and Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America. He is a University Professor, the Aerol Arnold Chair of English, and a Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity, and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. A recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations, he is also a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and the editor of The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives. His most recent publication is Chicken of the Sea, a children’s book written in collaboration with his six-year-old son, Ellison. His next book is the sequel to The Sympathizer, The Committed, forthcoming in March 2021.

Ellison Tai Duong Nguyen

Ellison Tai Duong Nguyen likes watching videos and drawing comics and playing with Legos. He also likes reading superhero books and playing superhero games.

Thi Bui

Hien Bui-Stafford

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Chicken of the Sea Cover Image
By Viet Thanh Nguyen, Thi Bui (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781944211738
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: McSweeney's - November 26th, 2019

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The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802124944
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Published: Grove Press - April 12th, 2016

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ISBN: 9780802157065
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Published: Grove Press - March 2nd, 2021

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