Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Bich Ming Nguyen  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1974 in Saigon, Viet Nam

-- Website --
-- Bich Ming Nguyen on WorldCat --

E-Mail: --

Illinois Connection

Nguyen lives in Chicago and West Lafayette, Indiana with her husband Porter Shreve, also a novelist.

Biographical and Professional Information


Stealing Buddah's Dinner won a PEN/Jerard Award from the PEN American Center and was named a Chicago Tribune Best Book of 2007, a Kiriyama Prize Notable Book, an Asian American Literature Award finalist, and a BookSense pick.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes), contact Jacqueline Fischetti Penguin Speakers Bureau 212-366-2271 []

Selected Titles At Your Library

Short girls :
ISBN: 0670020818. OCLC Number: 276819718

Viking,. .

Two estranged Vietnamese sisters, each wrestling with their own lives, careers, and romances, are reunited at their father's American citizenship party, and forge a new relationship.

Stealing Buddha's dinner :
ISBN: 0670038326. OCLC Number: 71237477

Viking,. .

A coming-of-age memoir by a Vietnamese American recounts her struggles for an American identity in the pre-politically correct climate of the Midwest and her passion for American food in the face of her family's Buddhist lifestyle.