Vietnamese-American author and academic Viet Thanh Nguyen last year became the only writer to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction while also being a nonfiction finalist for the National Book Award in the same year. This week, the author of “The Sympathizer,” which is set partly in Little Saigon, won another prestigious prize: He was named a 2017 fellow of the MacArthur Foundation. Known as the “genius” award, it comes with a $625,000 no-strings-attached grant. Orange Coast featured a profile about Nguyen earlier this year. Read about his relationship to Orange County here.