CHF 2014: Journeys
Works in Progress: Aleksandar Hemon
Aleksandar Hemon describes his next novel, The
Making of Zombie Wars, as “a roller coaster ride of violence
and sex.” It’s going to be funny, too. Fresh off his essay
collection The Book of My Lives and a memorable January
CHF conversation with Gary Shteyngart, the MacArthur
Fellow and member of Chicago literary royalty gives us a
much-anticipated preview. He is joined in conversation by journalist and critic Laura Pearson.
“Incandescent. When your eyes close, the power of Aleksandar
Hemon’s colossal talent remains.”—Junot Díaz
Aleksandar Hemon is the author of the The Lazarus Project, The Question of Bruno, Nowhere Man, Love and Obstacles, and The Book of My Lives. Born in Sarajevo, Hemon traveled to Chicago in 1992, intending to stay for a matter of months. During his visit, Sarajevo came under siege, preventing him from returning home. He still lives in Chicago with his wife and daughters.
Laura Pearson is a Chicago-based journalist and critic who writes about books, art, culture, and city life for publications such as the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, VICE and others. Formerly the books editor at Time Out Chicago, she currently works in the Tribune’s Lifestyles department and contributes regularly to Printers Row Journal.
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