Literature Program

Friday, March 23 at 8:00 p.m.

Just Buffalo Literary Center

Viet Thanh Nguyen


Kleinhans Music Hall

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In the spring, we will continue to think about how Buffalo is the city of good neighbors when we welcome Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen.

Born in Viet Nam, Nguyen came to the United States as a refugee at the age of four. The feeling of being an outsider or "other" defines Nguyen's writing. Last year, his novel The Sympathizer topped more than 30 book-of-the-year lists.

In honor of Buffalo's proud record of welcoming more than 2,000 refugees this year alone from around the globe and ranking 8th in the country for the number of Syrian families who have resettled here in our community, we will read Nguyen's latest book, The Refugees. This beautiful collection of short stories explores universal and urgent themes of love and family, the histories we hold within us and the people "we can't afford to forget."