October 03, 2012

Author Aleksandar Hemon Visits Freshman Class

What: Aleksandar Hemon, author of Love and Obstacles

When: October 4, 2012 @ 5:00 p.m.

Where: Wentworth Institute of Technology, Tansey Gymnasium

Book coverInformation:
Aleksandar Hemon, author of this year’s summer required reading selection, Love and Obstacles, will address the entire first-year class as part of the annual summer reading initiative, an ongoing project that unites the freshman class through a shared academic experience and emphasizes the importance of reading. Mr. Hemon will read from his short story collection and take questions.

Love and Obstacles is a book that discusses the migration of a young person from Sarajevo to the United States. Seemingly mundane childhood experiences become daring, dramatic adventures, while unique and wrenching circumstances become common ground. The book’s themes include globalization, immigration, ethics of sexual behaviors, American culture, and the different ways humans love each other.

The event is sponsored by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences and is open to the Wentworth community. For more information, contact Gloria Monaghan, chair of the Summer Reading Committee, at (617) 989-4294, or Elaine Mom, academic coordinator, at mome@wit.edu or (617) 989-4293.

About the Author:
Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award, and three collections of short stories: The Question of Bruno; Nowhere Man; and Love and Obstacles. Born in Sarajevo, Hemon visited Chicago in 1992, intending to stay for a matter months. While he was there, Sarajevo became under siege, and he was unable to return home. Mr. Hemon wrote his first story in English in 1995. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003 and a 'genius grant' from the MacArthur Foundation in 2004. He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter. More information about the author can be accessed at www.aleksandarhemon.com.

Past Summer Reading Selections
2011 - Junot Diaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
2010 - Dennis Lehane's Mystic River
2009 - Frederick Reiken's The Odd Sea
2008 - Andre Dubus III's House of Sand and Fog
2007 - Truman Capote's In Cold Blood

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