Bank Square Books will partner for the 16th Annual One Book One Region Program of Eastern Connecticut, featuring the 2018 selection, Exit West. Author Mohsin Hamid will be speaking at Palmer Auditorium of Connecticut College at 7:00 p.m. on September 26. This author talk will be open to the public, and an opportunity to have the author sign books purchased at the event will be available following Hamid's presentation.
About the Author
Mohsin Hamid was born in Lahore, Pakistan. He has studied at Princeton University and Harvard Law School and has worked as management consultant. He is the author of four novels, Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, and Exit West, and a book of essays, Discontent and Its Civilizations. He is the recipient of many prizes and awards, including the Aspen Woods Literary Prize for Exit West.
Hamid has also been shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and twice for the Man Booker Prize. He resides between Lahore, New York, and London.
About One Book, One Region
The goals of One Book, One Region are to bring people together to discuss ideas, to broaden the appreciation of reading, and to break down barriers among people. This year's program is sponsored by Connecticut Humanities, Connecticut College, and private foundations. For further information, please call the Groton Public Library at 860-441-6750 or go to www.onebookoneregion.org. More event details can be found on the Connecticut College website at https://www.conncoll.edu/community-visitors/one-book-one-region/.
About Exit West
A New York Times bestseller, the astonishingly visionary love story that imagines the forces that drive ordinary people from their homes into the uncertain embrace of new lands.
In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet--sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin 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. . . .
Exit West follows these remarkable characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.
FINALIST FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE
10 BEST BOOKS OF 2017, NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
WINNER OF THE L.A. TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR FICTION and THE ASPEN WORDS LITERARY PRIZE
“A breathtaking novel…[that] arrives at an urgent time.” —NPR