POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Mohsin Hamid, author of the New York Times bestseller The Reluctant Fundamentalist, will read from his award-winning novel and discuss Pakistani politics on Wednesday, April 9, at 5:30 p.m., in the Sanders Classroom Auditorium (Room 212). This event is free and open to the public.
Since its release in April 2007, Hamid’s novel, which recounts a Pakistani man’s abandonment of his high-flying life in New York, has received wide critical acclaim. The New York Times called the novel “elegant and chilling,” while the Washington Post wrote that “Hamid has done something extraordinary, and for those who want a different voice, a different view of the aftermath of 9/11, The Reluctant Fundamentalist is well worth reading.” Now puublished in 20 languages, the novel has won the South Bank Show Award for Literature, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Decibel Award, and the Commonwealth Writers Prize, and was a New York Times notable book of the year. Oscar-nominated director Mira Nair has also optioned film rights to the novel.
Hamid previously authored Moth Smoke (2000), the story of an ex-banker and heroin addict in contemporary Lahore, Pakistan. The novel won a Betty Trask Award, and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and a New York Times notable book of the year. Additionally, it was published in ten languages and became a cult hit in Pakistan, where it was made into a television miniseries. Mohsin’s writing has also appeared in several publications, including Time, the New York Times, the Guardian, the Independent, the Washington Post, La Republica, and the Paris Review.
Born in 1971 in Lahore, Hamid spent part of his childhood in California, and returned to America to attend Princeton University and Harvard Law School. He then worked in New York and London, initially as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, and later as managing director of branding firm Wolff Olins, before serving as a freelance journalist in Lahore. He now lives in London with his wife Zahra.
This event is sponsored by the department of English and the office of the Dean of Faculty.