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Mohsin Hamid to Visit Hendrix College Campus

“Hamid reaffirms his place as one of his generation’s most inventive and gifted writers.”  — Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

CONWAY, Ark. (March 19, 2021) — Mohsin Hamid will visit Hendrix College as a Murphy Visiting Writer on April 8, 2021. He will discuss his writing at 7:30 p.m. in the Hendrix-Murphy Events channel of the Hendrix Community Events Team. This event is free and open to the public. Please email for information on how to join.

An award-winning author, Hamid is recognized for his four formally inventive novels that explore multinational identity, immigration, and global politics: Moth Smoke (2000), The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2007), How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia (2013), and Exit West (2017). The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Exit West have been short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. He has also published a number of articles on politics and culture, as well as a book of essays, Discontent and Its Civilizations: Dispatches from Lahore, New York, and London. Hamid spent much of his childhood in California and his teenage years in his native Lahore, Pakistan. He then returned to the United States to attend Princeton University, where he studied creative writing under Joyce Carol Oates and Toni Morrison.

Hamid has received numerous awards and recognitions for his work. In 2019, Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist was included in BBC’s 100 Novels That Shaped Our World. The same year, Exit West was listed in Entertainment Weekly’s 10 Best Novels of the Decade. Hamid’s writing has been translated into 40 languages, featured on numerous bestseller lists, and adapted for the cinema.

During his virtual visit, Hamid will meet with classes and give a public reading. These students and others will have the chance to meet the real person behind Hamid's fiction and to discuss the role of imaginative literature in our complex, fast-changing world.

This event is sponsored by the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language, which are designed to enhance and enrich the study and teaching of literature and language at Hendrix College. For more information about this and future events, please contact Henryetta Vanaman, 501-450-4597 or

Hendrix-Murphy Programs enrich the study of literature and language for Hendrix College as a whole as well as for students with intensive interest in those areas. The late Mr. Charles H. Murphy, Jr., former Chair of the Board of Murphy Oil Corporation and former member of the Hendrix Board of Trustees, established the Foundation in 1978 in memory of his mother, Mrs. Bertie Wilson Murphy. A 1905 graduate of Galloway Women’s College—which later became part of Hendrix College—Mrs. Murphy possessed a lifelong love of literature and language, to which these programs are exclusively dedicated.