PASADENA, Calif. — To celebrate the 15th year of Pasadena’s One City, One Story community reading project, the public is invited to a conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of this year’s selected novel The Sympathizer, Thursday, March 2, at 7 p.m. in All Saints Church, Sanctuary, 132 N. Euclid Ave, Pasadena.

Library Director Michelle Perera will moderate the discussion, which will include questions from the audience. Attendees are encouraged to bring their copies of The Sympathizer for the author to sign following the discussion. The event is free and open to the public. Event parking is available in surrounding parking facilities. All parking is fee-based. Free parking is available at Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St. The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as five other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, The Sympathizer is a sweeping story of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent, is a “man of two minds,” a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who arranges to come to America after the Fall of Saigon. While building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles, he is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam. The Sympathizer is a blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping espionage novel, and a powerful story of love and friendship. 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, and he is the author of the academic book Race and Resistance and the nonfiction book Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War and his new book The Refugees, published Feb. 7, 2017. Nguyen teaches English and American Studies at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles. Pasadena Public Library’s annual One City, One Story program is designed to broaden and deepen an appreciation of reading in Pasadena by engaging the community in dialog around a single literary work. For more information on this year’s One City, One Story activities, visit http://cityofpasadena.libguides.com/onecityonestory or call (626) 744-7076.



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