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2017–18 Writers Series

The Writers Series is designed to expose Richmond students, the greater university community, and city residents to some of today’s most celebrated writers. Their readings are free and open to the public. Most writers make themselves available, following their appearance, to answer questions from the audience and sign copies of their books.

Paul Beatty
Mon., Nov. 13, 7 p.m.
Weinstein Hall, Brown-Alley Room

Paul Beatty began his literary career as a poet, winning the inaugural Grand Poetry Slam at the Nuyorican Poets Café in 1990. This victory resulted in the publication of his collection, Big Bank Takes Little Bank, in 1991, followed by Joker, Joker, Deuce in 1994. In 1996, he published The White Boy Shuffle, a coming-of-age novel; two more novels followed: Tuff in 2000 and Slumberland in 2008. 

In 2016, he became the first American to win the Man Booker Prize with The Sellout, a scathing satire about an urban farmer who revitalizes slavery in an imaginary Los Angeles neighborhood. In addition to his own writing, Beatty has edited Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor (2006).  

Mohsin Hamid
Wed., March 28, 7 p.m
Weinstein Hall, Brown-Alley Room

Mohsin Hamid is perhaps best known for his 2007 novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, which was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize and made into a film by Mira Nair in 2013.  A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, Hamid began his career as a management consultant before his first novel, Moth Smoke, was named a finalist for the 2000 PEN/Hemingway Award.

As a journalist, Hamid has published essays in various periodicals, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Guardian, and TIME Magazine.  Selections of his nonfiction appear in Discontent and its Civilizations (2016). His most recent novel, Exit West (2017), mixes the real and surreal as it follows the lives of a young couple fleeing their unnamed city after the onset of war.