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Thursday, April 04, 2013 7:15 PM
Mark Taper Auditorium-Central Library
Thu, Apr 04, 7:15 PM [ALOUD]
Aleksandar Hemon

The Book of My Lives: A Memoir

In conversation with author Louise Steinman

Hemon returns to his childhood roots in Sarajevo, a small blissful city where he used to write bad poetry, play soccer, and listen to American music. Years later, Sarajevo came under siege while Hemon was in Chicago starting a new life and new family, as his parents were fleeing all they’d ever known. The Book of My Lives is a love song to two cities—a daring first book of non-fiction from a turbulent literary talent.

Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and author of three books of short stories: The Question of Bruno; Nowhere Man, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Love and Obstacles.  He was the recipient of a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship and a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation.  His new memoir is The Book of My Lives.

Louise Steinman is curator of the award-winning ALOUD series and Co-Director of the Los Angeles Institute for Humanities at USC. She is the author of three books: The Souvenir: A Daughter Discovers Her Father’s War; The Knowing Body: The Artist as Storyteller in Contemporary Performance; and The Crooked Mirror: A Memoir of Polish-Jewish Reconciliation (forthcoming, fall, 2013). Her work appears, most recently, in The Los Angeles Review of Books, and on her Crooked Mirror blog.

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