Texas Book Festival Panel with Viet Thanh Nguyen and Jim Shepard: Twisting History into Fiction

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Join me in Austin for this year’s Texas Book Festival as I moderate a panel with two phenomenal authors: Jim Shepard and Viet Thanh Nguyen, in a conversation called Twisting History into Fiction:

“Take a look in history’s rearview mirror with Jim Shepard and Viet Thanh Nguyen as they consider the ways in which they twist war and history into fiction in their novels The Book of Aron and The Sympathizer. Moderated by Nathan Rostron.”

When: Saturday, October 17, 1:00pm

Where: Austin Capitol Extension Room E1.026


Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam and raised in America. His stories have appeared in Best New American Voices, TriQuarterly, Narrative, and the Chicago Tribune. He is the author of the academic book Race and Resistance. He teaches English and American Studies at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles. Read more on his website.

Jim Shepard is the author of six previous novels and four story collections, including Like You’d Understand, Anyway, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and won The Story Prize. His short fiction has appeared in, among other magazines, The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, The Atlantic, Esquire, Tin House, Granta, Zoetrope, Electric Literature, and Vice, and has often been selected for The Best American Short Stories and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with his wife and three children and teaches at Williams College. Read more on his website.

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