Aleksandar Hemon

Fall 2013

Aleksandar Hemon

Photo credit: Nina Subin

Aleksandar Hemon is the author of two novels, two collections of short stories, and a collection of autobiographical essays, The Book of My Lives, published in 2013. Editor of the Best European Fiction anthology, he has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur “Genius Grant” and has been a finalist for the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award. Born in Sarajevo, Hemon came to the U.S. in 1992, just as that city came under siege. He has lived in Chicago ever since.

September 18, 7pm – Reading and Book Signing, MLK 225/229
September 19, 1pm – In Conversation with Peter Orner, MLK 225/229



The stories in Love & Obstacles “become scarred elegies, quickened with poetry, anger, violence, wistful love and…extraordinary lyric freedom.”
— SFGate

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

“Incandescent.  When your eyes close, the power of this novel [The Lazarus Project], of Hemon’s colossal talent, remains.”
— Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz

All events are open to the public and wheelchair accessible.