February 23, 2009

Baker-Nord Center/Cleveland Foundation Lecture Series Brings Anisfield-Wolf Book Award Winner
to PlayhouseSquare for Free Talk


The Baker-Nord Center/Cleveland Foundation Lecture Series presents Mohsin Hamid, 2008 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award® recipient for his novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist, who will give a free public lecture entitled "Literature, Pakistan, Islam and 'The West'" at 6 p.m., Tuesday, February 24, at the Idea Center™ at PlayhouseSquare.

Seating is limited and tickets are required for the event, held in partnership with the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards®, Cuyahoga County Public Library, ideastream® and PlayhouseSquare, with support from Continental Airlines. For ticket information, contact the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University at 368-8961 or e-mail the Baker Nord Center for the Humanities.

The lecture will also be streamed live and can be viewed for free on campus in Clark Hall, Room 206. Tickets are not required to attend this broadcast.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist tells the story of a successful Pakistani immigrant's love affair and eventual disillusionment with the American Dream. The author will speak on literature, politics and spirituality; and his experiences living in Pakistan, the U.S. and Britain. Hamid will also address the current issues in Pakistan, the role of literature, the creative potential of the novel and his hopes for the U.S. under the administration of President Barrack Obama. A brief question and answer session will follow the lecture.

In addition to the Case Western Reserve site, the lecture can also be viewed via streaming video from two other locations:

  • Cuyahoga County Public Library's Beachwood Branch, 25501 Shaker Boulevard, Beachwood, (216)831-6868
  • Cuyahoga County Public Library's Parma-South Branch, Ridge Road, Parma, (440)885-5362

Ticket holders are asked to be in their seats by 5:45 p.m. to accommodate the live broadcast of the event.

For more information contact Jason Tirotta, 216.368.6890.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, February 23, 2009 10:39 AM | News Topics: Authors, Collaborations/Partnerships, College of Arts and Sciences, Events, news

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