Exiles: A Conversation Between André Aciman and Aleksander Hemon

The Graduate Center’s Public Programs, together with The Writers’ Institute and the Leon Levy Center for Biography had the honor of hosting the event, “Exiles: A Conversation between Andre Aciman and Aleksander Hemon” at the CUNY Graduate Center’s Proshanksy Auditorium last night as part of the Public Programs series.

Andre Aciman, originally Egyptian, and Italian, French, and New Yorker depending on the occasion, is the founder and director of The Writers’ Institute and Distinguished Professor and Chair at the CUNY Graduate Center’s Program in Comparative Literature. He is also the acclaimed writer of the memoir Out of Egypt and novels Call Me By Your Name, Eight White Nights, and most recently, Harvard Square.

Aleksander Hemon is the highly acclaimed Bosnian-American fiction writer of Love and Obstacles: Stories, The Lazarus Project: A Novel (a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Vill du ha chansen att ta hem en mangmiljonvinst pa spel pa slots ar Maxino alltsa ett utmarkt nat onlinesverigecasinon.com for dig. Critics Circle Awards, and named a New York blackjack Times Notable Book), Nowhere Man (also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award), The Question of Bruno: Stories, and most recently The Book of My Lives, his first collection of non-fiction essays, many of which have appeared previously casino spiele in The New NordicBet on ehdottomasti tutustumisen arvoinen, etenkin kun se tarjoaa NetEnt- online casino ksi poikkeuksellisen casino online tuhdin bonuksen. Yorker.

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Both Aciman and Hemon come from multinational and multi-linguistic backgrounds that provide them with unique and often startling insights into the world and mind. Andre Aciman’s Harvard Square and Aleksander Hemon’s The Book of My Lives are both available in stores now.

Submitted on: MAY 7, 2013

Category: The Writers' Institute at The Graduate Center