Based in Brooklyn, New York, Monique Truong is a Vietnamese American novelist, essayist, and librettist who has collaborated with composers Joan La Barbara, Shih-Hui Chen, Francisco J. Núñez, and Randall Eng. 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’ Rosenthal Family Foundation Award, U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Fellowship, PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship, Princeton University’s Hodder Fellowship, New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, John Gardner Fiction Book Award, and John Dos Passos Prize for Literature, among others. She received her B.A. from Yale and J.D. from Columbia Law School.