The author of the 2019 common read, Stealing Buddha's Dinner, Bich Minh Nguyen, will be on campus Tuesday, October 22. There will be a dinner reception at 5pm with Ms. Nguyen, FYE faculty, and select students then she will give a presentation with a Q&A for all FYE 100 students at 7pm in Schomburg Auditorium followed by a book signing at 8pm.
In regular life, Bich Minh Nguyen goes by the name Beth. She is the author of three books, all with Viking Penguin. Stealing Buddha's Dinner, a memoir, received the PEN/Jerard Award from the PEN American Center and was a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year. It has been featured as a common read selection within numerous communities, schools, and universities. Short Girls, a novel, was an American Book Award winner in fiction and a Library Journal best book of the year. Her most recent novel, Pioneer Girl, is about the mysterious ties between a Vietnamese immigrant family and Laura Ingalls Wilder. Nguyen has been a Bread Loaf Fellow, among other honors, and her work has appeared in anthologies and publications including The New York Times. She is at work on a series of essays about high school, music, and the Midwest, called Owner of a Lonely Heart.