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Bosnian-American Fiction Writer Aleksandar Hemon Here February 24

January 1, 2010

Aleksandar-Hemon_00.jpgJanuary 1, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — Acclaimed fiction writer Aleksandar Hemon will come to the campus of DePauw University for a reading on Wednesday, February 24. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall, which is located within DePauw's Green Center for the Performing Arts. Presented by the James and Marilou Kelly Writers Series, the program is presented free of charge and is open to all. (photo by Velibor Bozovic)

Hemon's novel The Lazarus Project, published in 2008, was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award and was named as a New York Times "Notable Book" and New York magazine's #1 book of the year. The latter called the work, "An ingenious mirror-narrative about two lives separated by 100 years ... Subtly, the two stories begin to merge, creating a resonance that vibrates simultaneously on many levels-comic, poetic, crude, tender, playful, profound, musical, angry."

The winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship and lazarus_project hemon.jpgMacArthur Foundation "genius grant," Hemon has also authored Love and Obsctacles: Stories (2009); Nowhere Man (2002), which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and The Question of Bruno: Stories (2000).

Born in Sarajevo, Hemon came to the United States in 1992, intending to stay for a matter of months. While he was traveling, Sarajevo came under siege, and he was unable to return home. He wrote his first story in English in 1995. He now lives in Chicago.

His work appears regularly in the New Yorker, Paris Review, and Best American Short Stories. Hemon and E. Annie Proulx won a 2009 National Magazine Award for Fiction for their work in the New Yorker.

Learn more about the Kelly Writers Series by clicking here.

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