Announcing Mohsin Hamid

Fairfax Library Foundation is proud to sponsor New York Times Bestselling author Mohsin Hamid at the 2017 Fall for the Book Festival

Fairfax Library Foundation is honored to sponsor a premier author in the upcoming Fall for the Book Festival, New York Times bestselling author Mohsin Hamid. The Fall for the Book Festival is an annual event in the DC region which promotes literature and connects readers with authors. This year the festival will be October 11-14 at various venues throughout Northern Virginia and the DC region. The festival is free and open to the public.

Mohsin Hamid is the internationally bestselling author of four novels—Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, and Exit West—and a book of essays, Discontent and Its Civilizations. His writing has been featured on bestseller lists, adapted for the cinema, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, selected as winner or finalist of twenty awards, and translated into thirty-five languages. Born in Lahore, he has spent about half his life there and much of the rest in London, New York, and California.

“One of his generation’s most inventive and gifted writers.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Mohsin Hamid will be appearing on Friday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Harris Theater on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University. We hope to see you there!

Other authors attending Fall for the Book include Colson Whitehead of The Underground Railroad, and Lev Grossman of The Magicians Series—now a hit show on the SyFy Channel—Jennine Capó Crucet, poet Ellen Bryant Voigt and nonfiction writer David Shields. There are 150 participating authors, so there is something for everyone! Learn more and get the latest updates at

Fairfax Library Foundation supports Fall for the Book and other literary events because these presentations encourage community members to seek enjoyment from great literature, while highlighting the importance of reading, literacy, and the library. 

About Exit West

In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through….

Exit West follows these remarkable characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.

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