Join us in the Hitchcock Room
at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center as we welcome Monique Truong
back to the Old North State. Her lecture is titled “Writing Plenty/Writing Hunger/Writing North Carolina.” The talk will begin with Truong’s first meal in the U.S., eaten in a refugee relocation camp in 1975, and will explore the “magical thinking” relationship that she formed toward food during her girlhood in Boiling Springs, NC.
Born in Saigon, South Vietnam in 1968, Monique Truong is a novelist and essayist based in Brooklyn. She is the author of the national bestseller The Book of Salt (2003) and Bitter in the Mouth (2010). Her novel The Sweetest Fruits is forthcoming from Viking Books. Translated into 14 languages, her novels have garnered her a Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Rosenthal Family Foundation Award, and the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, among other honors. She is currently the Harman Writer-in-Residence at Baruch College, CUNY. A graduate of Yale University and Columbia University School of Law, Truong is also an intellectual property attorney.
She is also a contributor to the 21C Fiction Issue
of Southern Cultures
, which you can preview here
This lecture is co-sponsored by the Creative Writing Program
, the Department of English and Comparative Literature
, the Carolina Asia Center
, the Institute for Arts and Humanities
, the Food For All
campus theme, and Southern Cultures
, as well as UNC Libraries’ North Carolina Collection
and Southern Historical Collection