The Committed: Author Viet Thanh Nguyen on Betrayal and Belonging, on Zoom | Mechanics' Institute

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The Committed: Author Viet Thanh Nguyen on Betrayal and Belonging, on Zoom
Presented by Bay Area Book Festival, Co-sponsored by Mechanics’ Institute

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. 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.


Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam and raised in America. He is the author of The Sympathizer, which was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction alongside seven other prizes. He is also the author of 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. He lives in Los Angeles.

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. Only book orders that ship within the United States will be accepted.


Discount code: mivk4gem4v for $11 off book/admission ticket (special offer limited to 50 attendees. Use code while filling in credit card information)

Price $20

Event Admission + SIGNED copy of "The Committed" $40



Meet the Author(s)

Event Admission + SIGNED copy of "The Committed" $40
Discount code: mivk4gem4v for $11 off book/admission ticket (special offer limited to 50 attendees)
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Pam Troy - 415-393-0116

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