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Pulitzer-Prize Winner Slated for Clemson Literary Festival

For the sixth consecutive year, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author will visit Clemson to participate in the Clemson Literary Festival.

Viet Thanh Nguyen, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

This year, 2016 Pulitzer Prize-winner Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of “The Sympathizer” and “Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War,” will headline the 10th annual Literary Festival March 29-April 1.

Nguyen has also won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel from the Mystery Writers of America, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction from the American Library Association, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, a Gold Medal in First Fiction from the California Book Awards and the Asian/Pacific American Literature Award from the Asian/Pacific American Librarian Association. He is the Aerol Arnold Chair of English and professor of American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California.

Nationally recognized authors of fiction and poetry Camille Rankine, Brando Skyhorse, Paul Guest, Wendy Xu and Shobha Rao also will read their works and serve on panels and in roundtable discussions during the festival.

Other events include a reading and discussion with renowned scholar and poet Haki Madhubuti and other authors, a “poetry slam,” a literary trivia competition, a book fair, open mic night and a Family Day with children’s activities.

Since its inception in 2008, the student-organized  Clemson Literary Festival, sponsored jointly by Clemson University and the city of Clemson, has brought more than 100 prominent writers to the campus community.

Festival events are free and open to the public. For more information about the authors and a complete schedule, visit

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