Mohsin Hamid, author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, will speak on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell University.
The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is part of the University's First-year Common Reading Series. Hamid will sign copies of his book and participate in a classroom session during his time at Bucknell.
Born in 1971 in Lahore, Hamid grew up mostly in Pakistan but spent part of his childhood in California and returned to America to attend Princeton University and Harvard Law School. He worked in New York and London as a management consultant before returning to Lahore to pursue writing full-time.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2007) portrays the ambitions, struggles and shifting perspectives of a young Pakistani man whose seemingly idyllic life in Manhattan as a budding member of the American elite is rocked in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attack.
Published in more than 30 languages, it became a million-copy international bestseller and achieved a #4 ranking on The New York Times Best Seller List. The book won the Ambassador Book Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Asian American Literary Award, and the South Bank Show Award for Literature. It was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. The Guardian named it one of the books that defined the decade.
A film adaptation of The Reluctant Fundamentalist was released in 2013, directed by Oscar-nominated director Mira Nair and starring Riz Ahmed, Liev Schreiber, Kate Hudson and Kiefer Sutherland.
Hamid's first novel, Moth Smoke (2000), tells the story of an ex-banker and heroin addict in contemporary Lahore. It was published in 14 languages and became a cult hit in Pakistan, where it was made into a telefilm. It was also the winner of a Betty Trask Award and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. His third novel, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia (2013), is a love story and an exploration of mass-urbanization and global economic transformation in the apparent guise of a self-help book. It was shortlisted for the DSC Prize.
His essays and short stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The New Yorker, Granta, TIME, Washington Post, New York Review of Books, Financial Times, Paris Review, and many other publications. He has lectured at dozens of universities around the world, from Stanford and Yale to the London School of Economics and the National University of Singapore. In 2013, Foreign Policy magazine named him one of the world's 100 Leading Global Thinkers.