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Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 5:00 p.m.
Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library
Aleksandar Hemon was born in 1964, in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. He came to the US as part of a month-long cultural exchange program of journalists and was supposed to return to Sarajevo on May 1st 1992, the same day that Sarajevo came under siege, and so was instead granted political asylum in the US. Hemon began writing fiction in English in 1995 and one of the first stories he wrote in English, “Islands,” appeared in Best American Short Stories 1999. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003 and a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation in 2004. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two daughters. From 2010 to 2013 he served as editor of the Best European Fiction anthology series.
Hemon is the author of The Question of Bruno, Nowhere Man, The Lazarus Project, and his latest short story collection, Love and Obstacles, which was published in May 2009. His collection of autobiographical essays, The Book of My Lives, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in March 2013. He is at work on his next novel.