Chairperson: Brendan Barrington
'Aleksandar Hemon is, quite frankly, the greatest writer of our generation. His literature is deep, agile, funny, graceful, searing, angry, raw, questioning. It is of present and eternal use.'
'The Book Of My Lives is written with the full force of humanity. It will make you think, laugh, cry, and remember yourself. If you've never read Aleksandar Hemon, prepare to have your worldview deepened.'
Jonathan Safran Foer
Aleksandar Hemon's memoir, The Book Of My Lives, is his first non-fiction book. It is a love-song to two different cities: Sarajevo and Chicago. Stranded in Chicago in 1992 when civil war broke out in his home city of Sarajevo, he and his family applied for asylum and Chicago has been his home ever since. But like his fiction, Hemon's memoir defies convention and expectation. And like the best narratives it offers you a new way of looking at the world. Aleksandar Hemon's fiction includes The Lazurus Project and The Question of Bruno. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a 'genius grant' from the MacArthur Foundation in 2004.