Viet Thanh Nguyen-'A Man of Two Faces'

In-person – Tuesday, April 30th

Join us on Tuesday, April 30th at 7PM as Succeed2gether's Montclair Literary Festival welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen in conversation about A Man of Two Faces with New York Times best-selling author Garth Risk Hallberg. This event is co-sponsored with AAPI Montclair.

With insight, humor, formal invention, and lyricism, in A Man of Two Faces Viet Thanh Nguyen rewinds the film of his own life. He expands the genre of personal memoir by acknowledging larger stories of refugeehood, colonization, and ideas about Vietnam and America, writing with his trademark sardonic wit and incisive analysis, as well as a deep emotional openness about his life as a father and a son.

Profound in its emotions and brilliant in its thinking about cultural power, A Man of Two Faces explores the necessity of both forgetting and of memory, the promises America so readily makes and breaks, and the exceptional life story of one of the most original and important writers working today.

Tickets to hear Viet Thanh Nguyen in person cost $35 and include a signed copy of the book. Books will be available for pick-up from our Festival partner Watchung Booksellers from Monday April 1, 2024. Books will also be available for collection at the event. If you do early pick-up, please bring your book with you to the event to be signed. Viet will be signing books after the talk. Please don't bring other copies of Viet's books into the venue for signing.

This event will be held in The Sanctuary of the First Congregational Church of Montclair, 40 South Fullerton Ave, Montclair, 07042. If you require any special accommodations to attend, please email [email protected] before the event.

Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam and raised in America. He is the author of The Committed, which continues the story of The Sympathizer, awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in 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 the National Book Critics Circle Award; the children's book Chicken of the Sea, with his son Ellison and with Thi Bui and Hien Bui-Stafford; and is the editor of an anthology of refugee writing, The Displaced. He is a University Professor and 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.

Garth Risk Hallberg’s first novel, City on Fire, was a New York Times and international best seller and was selected as one of the best books of 2015 by The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, The Guardian, Vogue, and others. It was adapted into the Apple TV+ series of the same name. He is also the author of the novella A Field Guide to the North American Family. In 2017, Granta named him one of the Best of Young American Novelists. His work has been translated into seventeen languages. Photo credit © Michael Lionstar. 

Founded in 2021, AAPI New Jersey activates the power of our state's 1.1 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to advance social justice. Led by community members who came together to respond to anti-Asian hate, this grassroots nonprofit, which began as AAPI Montclair, has become a national model of the power of locally rooted Asian American organizing to plant and nurture the seeds of generational change. Major initiatives include Teach Asian American Stories, which supports NJ public school districts in incorporating Asian American history and contributions into their curricula, civic engagement campaigns, trainings and services to strengthen community resilience, and events promoting cultural awareness and understanding. Learn more at

Please note that there are no refunds for this event. If you would prefer to pay by check, please contact Succeed2gether on 973-746-0553.

Viet Thanh Nguyen-'A Man of Two Faces'

Conversation & Book by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Includes access for one person to the in-person event with Viet Thanh Nguyen and one signed copy of A Man of Two Faces. Viet will be signing books after the event.

Max Per Order:30
Ending 04-30-2024 @ 8 pm EST

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