Department of English

Fiction Reading: Nam Le, "The Boat"

Tue, September 1, 2009

Nam Le will read from his debut short story collection The Boat.   The collection, which author Junot Diaz describes as "wonderful stories that snarl and pant across our crazed world ... An extraordinary performance," is the winner of the 2009 Dylan Thomas Prize.     

Nam Le was born in Vietnam and raised in Australia. He has received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the NSW Premier's Literary Award for Book of the Year, the UTS Glenda Adams Award, the Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist Award, the Pushcart Prize, the Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award, a U.S. National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" Fiction Selection, as well as other awards and shortlistings. He has received fellowships from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Phillips Exeter Academy, and the University of East Anglia. His fiction has appeared in venues including Zoetrope, A Public Space, Conjunctions, One Story, NPR's Selected Shorts, Prospect Magazine, and has been widely anthologised. He is the fiction editor of the Harvard Review.

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