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Mohsin Hamid

Tuesday, August 2, 2022
7:30pm Pacific Time
KQED Broadcast: 08/14/2022

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"On Arts" Benefiting 826 Valencia Scholarship Program

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“With one remarkable book after another, Mohsin Hamid has proven himself to be one of the 21st century’s most essential writers.” – Ayad Akhtar

Mohsin Hamid is the author of five novels, including The Reluctant Fundamentalist, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, and Exit West. All display Hamid’s lyrical prose, his acute understanding of some of the most dire conflicts faced by our modern world, and his belief in the immense and near magical power of fiction. He writes “in order to have futures that do not cling monstrously to nostalgias for the past, we must imagine our future–or rather, we must permit our imaginations futures to play with.” This belief is put beautifully on display  in his newest novel The Last White Man: a white man wakes up one morning to find his skin has turned dark… soon after, others across the land also begin to transform. A reimagining of “Kafka’s iconic The Metamorphosis for our racially charged era” (Oprah Daily), this provocative tale pushes through the confusion, loss and unease of racial transformation, into a new era of empathy, understanding and connection.

Alexis Madrigal is the co-host of KQED’s Forum and a contributing writer at The Atlantic. In 2020, Madrigal co-founded The COVID Tracking Project to help track the spread of the virus within the United States. Previously, he was the editor-in-chief of Fusion and a staff writer at Wired.

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Photo by Jillian Edelstein