Based in Brooklyn, New York, Monique Truong is a Vietnamese American novelist, essayist, librettist, and intellectual property attorney. Her novels are The Sweetest Fruits (Viking Books, 2019), Bitter in the Mouth (Random House, 2010), and The Book of Salt (Houghton Mifflin, 2003). She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, American Academy of Arts and Letters’s Rosenthal Family Foundation Award, U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Fellowship, PEN/Bingham Fellowship, Princeton University’s Hodder Fellowship, New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, and John Gardner Fiction Book Award, among others. Truong has taught fiction writing at Columbia School of the Arts, Princeton University, Baruch College/CUNY, and Agnes Scott College. She received her BA from Yale and JD from Columbia Law School.