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Congrats to author Viet Thanh Nguyen who has been awarded a 2017 MacArthur Fellowship for fiction and nonfiction! The fellowship is referred to as the “genius grant” and comes with a $625,000 no-strings attached grant paid out over five years.

Nguyen received the Pulitzer Prize in 2016 for his first novel, THE SYMPATHIZER, and his nonfiction book NOTHING EVER DIES was a finalist for the National Book Award. His most recent book, THE REFUGEES, was released this year.

Regarding receiving the MacArthur Fellowship, Nguyen told the LA Times: “I feel a deep sense of humility; because I know there are many other writers in the contemporary moment who deserve this award, and many writers in the past who should have gotten it who didn’t. And I think about those writers who came at a time when the award didn’t exist whose work made my own possible. It makes me appreciate this even more.”