NHIA is pleased to welcome author Mohsin Hamid to NHIA’s French Hall, 148 Concord Street, Manchester, New Hampshire on October 2, at 7pm for an onstage interview and audience question and answer session. Mr. Hamid is the author of "Exit West," the book selected for the first annual One Book, One Manchester (@1BOOK1MHT) citywide reading program. This special event is open to the public. Tickets are $5 at the door and can be reserved at MohsinHamidNHIA/eventbrite.com.
Originally from Pakistan, Hamid spent part of his childhood in the United States while his father, a university professor, enrolled in a PhD program at Stanford University. He then moved with his family back to Lahore, Pakistan, and attended the Lahore American School.
At the age of 18, Hamid returned to the United States to continue his education. He graduated from Princeton University summa cum laude in 1993, having studied under the writers Joyce Carol Oates and Toni Morrison.
Hamid then attended Harvard Law School and graduated in 1997. Finding corporate law unfulfilling, he repaid his student loans by working for several years as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in New York City, where he was allowed to take three months off each year to write. He used this time to complete his first novel, the critically acclaimed Moth Smoke.
Since that time, Hamid has authored three more novels: The Reluctant Fundamentalist, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, and Exit West, and a book of essays, Discontent and Its Civilizations. His writing has been featured on bestseller lists, adapted for the cinema, and translated into over thirty-five languages.
In addition to being shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize, Exit West has received several other prestigious awards, distinctions, and accolades including:
- 2018 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction
- Aspen Words Literary Prize
- One of the Ten Best Books of 2017 by the New York Times Book Review
- New York Times Best Seller