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

Speakers and Performers

Aleksandar Hemon

Aleksandar Hemon is the author of the The Lazarus ProjectThe 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

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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Leaders And Thinkers

Aleksandar Hemon
Official website

Good Reads

Waiting for Catastrophes
Q+A with The New York Times' ArtsBeat blog
Toxic Assets and English Syntax
Interview with Bookforum