Viet Thanh Nguyen will be the inaugural speaker of the Carole Barnette Boudreaux '65 Great Writers Series on November 10 at 6 p.m. in Kendall Cram in the Lavin-Bernick Center. Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his novel The Sympathizer, Nguyen is the Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. Nguyen's second novel The Committed was published this year and is a sequel to The Sympathizer. He is a MacArthur Fellow (2018-2022), a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Guggenheim Fellow for 2017-2018. He has also been a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies (2011-2012), the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard (2008-2009) and the Fine Arts Work Center (2004-2005). He has also received residencies, fellowships, scholarships and grants from the Luce Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Asian Cultural Council, the James Irvine Foundation, the Huntington Library, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Creative Capital and the Warhol Foundation.