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The LSE Space for Thought Literary Weekend - Friday 27 February – Sunday 1 March 2009.

Biography hamid_moshin

Mohsin Hamid was born in 1971 in Lahore, Pakistan, and moved to the US at the age of 18 to study at Princeton University and Harvard Law School. He then worked as a management consultant in New York, and later as a freelance journalist back in Lahore. 

His first novel was Moth Smoke (2000), winner of a Betty Trask Award and shortlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Moth Smoke was made into a television mini-series in Pakistan and an operetta in Italy, and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 2000.

In 2007 his second novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, was published and shortlisted for the 2007 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. In 2008, it won the South Bank Show Annual Award for Literature and was shortlisted for the 2008 Commonwealth Writers Prize (Eurasia Region, Best Book) and the 2008 James Tait Black Memorial Prize (for fiction). A short story based on the novel was also published in The Paris Review in 2006. Mohsin Hamid now lives in London.

Bibliography

Moth Smoke   Granta, 2000

The Reluctant Fundamentalist   Hamish Hamilton, 2007

Prizes and awards

2000   New York Times Notable Book of the Year   Moth Smoke

2001   Betty Trask Award   Moth Smoke

2001   PEN/Hemingway Award   (shortlist)   Moth Smoke

2007   Man Booker Prize for Fiction   (shortlist)   The Reluctant Fundamentalist

2007   New York Times Notable Book of the Year   The Reluctant Fundamentalist

2008   Anisfield-Wolf Book Award   The Reluctant Fundamentalist

2008   Arts Council England Decibel Award   (shortlist)   The Reluctant Fundamentalist

2008   Asian American Literary Award   The Reluctant Fundamentalist

2008   Australia-Asia Literary Award   (shortlist)   The Reluctant Fundamentalist

2008   Commonwealth Writers Prize (Eurasia Region, Best Book)   (shortlist)   The Reluctant Fundamentalist

2008   English-Speaking Union Ambassador Book Award (US)   (fiction)   The Reluctant Fundamentalist

2008   Index on Censorship T R Fyvel Award   (shortlist)   The Reluctant Fundamentalist

2008   James Tait Black Memorial Prize (for fiction)   (shortlist)   The Reluctant Fundamentalist

2008   South Bank Show Annual Award for Literature   The Reluctant Fundamentalist

 

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