Aleksandar Hemon in conversation with Ben Fountain
UNT’s Institute for the Advancement for the Arts and Department of English invite you to a conversation between IAA Artist-in-Residence Aleksandar Hemon and acclaimed local author Ben Fountain.
The authors will discuss Hemon’s work and history as a writer as well as the literary life more broadly. Hemon, a MacArthur Fellow whose writings frequently reckon with the experience of displacement, was raised in Sarajevo and has lived in Chicago since 1992.
For more information about IAA and the UNT Visiting Writers Series visit the following links:
Visiting Writers Series: http://english.unt.edu/creative-writing/visiting-writers
The Wild Detectives Bookstore will have copies of the author’s books available for purchase at the event.
This event is sponsored in part by the Bowdon Family Foundation
March 5th, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
This event is free and open to the public.
Ample parking is available on the street and in the parking lot next door at 2711 Routh St.
Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award, as well as The Question of Bruno; Nowhere Man, Love and Obstacles and The Book of My Lives. Aleksandar Hemon has worked as a waiter, canvasser, bookseller, bike messenger, as well as a supervisor at a literacy center, a writer for Radio-Sarajevo Youth Program and a teacher of English as a second language. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, Esquire, Granta, The New York Times, Playboy, McSweeney’s, TriQuarterly, The Baffler, The Wall Street Journal, Tin House, Ploughshares and The Paris Review, among others. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation, the Jan Michalski Prize for Literature, the PEN/ W.G. Sebald Award, and, most recently, a 2012 USA Fellowship. He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughters.
Ben Fountain is the author of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, which received the PEN/Hemingway Award and a Whiting Writer’s Award, and of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which received the National Book Critics’ Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. His fiction has appeared in Esquire, Harper’s, and the Paris Review, and his nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. His reporting on post-earthquake Haiti was broadcast nationally on the radio show “This American Life.” A former attorney in private practice, he currently holds the University Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University.