Phong Nguyen | Talk & Book Signing

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Thu, Oct 27 | 6:30 PM
8:15 PM
Academic Building, Room 2400

Rutgers Honors College Presents Phong Nguyen

Hear Phong Nguyen, acclaimed author and storyteller for the ages, at his talk—From Historical Fiction to Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: Writing Bronze Drum and The Book of My Son. The talk will be followed by a book signing.


In one of the best summer reads of 2022, Bronze DrumPhong Nguyen compels us to escape to a world of long ago while connecting with present-day, as he writes about the myths and legends of the ancient Viet peoples where women take center stage not just as rulers, but as warriors, generals, and the cultural heroes of their people. Through his storytelling in this and other books, Phong connects fiction with non-fiction in innovative and powerful ways. Storytelling is at the center of all that we do and all who we are, and Phong’s work and his words will help us all come to better understand ourselves and how we can communicate our own stories.

He is the author of three novels: Bronze Drum (Grand Central Publishing, 2021), Roundabout: An Improvisational Fiction (Moon City Press, 2020), and The Adventures of Joe Harper (Outpost19, 2016, winner of the Prairie Heritage Book Award); and two short fiction collections: Pages from the Textbook of Alternate History (Mastodon Publishing, 2019) and Memory Sickness and Other Stories (Elixir Press, 2011). He is the Miller Family Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing at the University of Missouri, where he teaches fiction-writing.



From Historical Fiction to Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: Writing Bronze Drum and The Book of My Son





This event is held by the Rutgers Honors College and the HC Book Club, in partnership with the Department of English and the Writing Program at the School of Arts and Sciences; and READ, the Rutgers University Book Club.
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