Celebrate the power of books to create a stronger community by attending the 2018 Everybody Reads event with Mohsin Hamid, author of Exit West.
In partnership with Multnomah County Library and The Library Foundation, Literary Arts is proud to present a lecture by Mohsin Hamid, author of Exit West, as the culminating event of the 16th annual Everybody Reads. A love story set in an unnamed country in the middle of civil war, Exit West follows two remarkable characters as they escape from their home into the uncertain embrace of new lands through a set of mysterious doors. This timely novel examines the global refugee crisis with a twist of magic realism, showing us that we are all migrants through time.
About Exit West: Shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize, Exit West tells the story of Nadia and Saeed, who begin their love affair against an increasingly unsettling backdrop of unrest and violence. As the city turns into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, the couple begins to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through.
About the author: Mohsin Hamid is a Pakistani writer. He is the author of four novels, Moth Smoke (2000), The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2007), How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia (2013), and Exit West (2017), and a book of essays, Discontent and Its Civilizations (2014). His writing has been featured on bestseller lists, adapted for the cinema, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize (The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Exit West), shortlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award (Moth Smoke), selected as winner or finalist of twenty awards, and translated into thirty-five languages.
“Hamid’s timely and spare new novel confronts the inevitability of mass global immigration and the indomitable human will to connect and love.”
“Exit West examines many of the questions – of safety, fate, belonging, otherness – that surround us today. Moshin Hamid takes concepts that we sometimes treat in abstract or clinical terms and washes them in humanity to help us think and feel differently.”
–Vailey Oehlke, Director of Libraries, Mulnomah County Library
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