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“Rewriting War” brings together acclaimed writers whose lives and imaginations have been shaped by war and displacement. Following captivating readings from their works, Vietnam-born and France-based author Line Papin (The Girl Before Her) and Sri Lankan American novelist Nayomi Munaweera (Island of a Thousand Mirrors) will engage in a uniquely personal yet universally relevant conversation with Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist and USC Dornsife professor Viet Thanh Nguyen.

The readings and conversation will be followed by a reception and book signing. 

Nayomi Munaweera’s debut novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, won the Commonwealth Book Prize for the Asian Region and was short-listed for the DSC Prize and Man Asia Prizes. Her second novel, What Lies Between Us, won the Sri Lankan National Book Award and was short-listed for the Northern California Book Prize. She lives in Oakland, California, and is working on her third novel.

Born in Hanoi and raised in Paris, Line Papin is the award-winning author of five novels. The Girl Before Her, which tells the story of a biracial woman who emigrates to Paris as an adolescent, only to confront the intergenerational traumas of war in her own body, is Papin’s first novel to be translated from French into English. 

Viet Thanh Nguyen (moderator) is a novelist and the Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of English and American Studies at USC. His best-selling novel, The Sympathizer, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Other honors include the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Literary Excellence from the American Library Association.

Presented by USC Visions and Voices. Organized by Neelanjana Banerjee (Kaya Press). Co-sponsored by Asian Pacific American Student Services. 

Artwork courtesy of Kaya Press.

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