VIET THANH NGUYEN discusses the essay collection THE DISPLACED with contributors MERON HADERO and co-editor JAMISON STOLTZ

 The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives (Abrams Press)

In January 2017, Donald Trump signed an executive order stopping entry to the United States from seven predominantly Muslim countries and dramatically cutting the number of refugees allowed to resettle in the United States each year. The American people spoke up, with protests, marches, donations, and lawsuits that quickly overturned the order. But the refugee caps remained. 

The Displaced features essays from seventeen prominent refugee writers from around the world to explore and illuminate their experiences. A timely and poignant collection, the book is also an indictment of the international community closing its doors to refugees and a powerful look at what it means to be forced to leave home and find a place of asylum. 

Abrams will donate 10 percent of the cover price of
 this book, a minimum of $25,000, to the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a not-for- profit organization dedicated to providing humanitarian aid, relief, and resettlement to refugees and other victims of oppression or violent conflict. For more information on the IRC, visit  http://www.rescue.org/.

Viet, editor of the collection, will be in-conversation with a Meron Hadero, a contributor. 

Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam in 1971. After the fall of Saigon in 1975, he and his family fled to the United States. The author of three books including The Sympathizer, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a recently published story collection, The Refugees, Nguyen is the Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at University of Southern California. He lives in Los Angeles.

Meron Hadero was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and lived in Germany before arriving in the United States as a refugee. She has been published inBest American Short StoriesSelected Shorts on NPR/PRI, the Missouri ReviewBoulevarde O ngIndiana Reviewe Normal School, and Addis Ababa Noir. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times Book Review and O Assignment. She has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and Ragdale, and she has received grants from the NEA, the International Institute at the University of Michigan, the Eliz- abeth George Foundation, and Artist Trust. Meron worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and is a former World A airs Council fellow in Seattle. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michi- gan, a JD from Yale Law School, and an AB from Princeton Uni- versity in history with a certi cate in American Studies. She lives in Oakland and is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto.

Jamison Stoltz is executive editor at Abrams Press, a new narrative nonfiction imprint at Abrams. Prior to Abrams, he was senior editor at Grove Atlantic where his notable books included The Comedians by Kliph Nesteroff, Jack Kerouac and William S. Burrough’s And The Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks, and The Voyeur¹s Motel by Gay Talese. His forthcoming titles at Abrams Press include THE GOOD NEIGHBOR, the first full biography of Fred Rogers, activist Caroline Criado-Perez’s look at the gender data gap, and a celebration of life lessons to be found in Russian literature by Viv Groskop called The Anna Karenina Fix.

Event date: 
Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives By Viet Thanh Nguyen (Editor), David Bezmozgis (Contributions by), Thi Bui (Contributions by), Reyna Grande (Contributions by), Aleksandar Hemon (Contributions by), Vu Tran (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Viet Thanh Nguyen (Editor), David Bezmozgis (Contributions by), Thi Bui (Contributions by), Reyna Grande (Contributions by), Aleksandar Hemon (Contributions by), Vu Tran (Contributions by)
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ISBN: 9781419729485
Published: Abrams Press - April 10th, 2018

The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) By Viet Thanh Nguyen Cover Image
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Published: Grove Press - April 12th, 2016

The Refugees By Viet Thanh Nguyen Cover Image
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Published: Grove Press - January 2nd, 2018

Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War By Viet Thanh Nguyen Cover Image
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Published: Harvard University Press - November 20th, 2017

It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art By Richard Russo, Joyce Carol Oates, Neil Gaiman, Lee Child, Mary Higgins Clark, Jonathan Santlofer (Editor), Viet Thanh Nguyen (Introduction by) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501179600
Published: Atria Books - January 16th, 2018