Mohsin Hamid to Headline Puterbaugh Festival at OU

Norman, OK, Sept. 16, 2019 – Celebrated Pakistani novelist Mohsin Hamid will headline the spring 2020 Puterbaugh Festival at the University of Oklahoma (April 6–8, 2020) as the thirtieth Puterbaugh Fellow since 1968. The three-day festival, sponsored by World Literature Today, will feature a public talk by Hamid, roundtable discussions of postcolonial anglophone fiction and South Asian culture, and opportunities for the public to meet the visiting writers and scholars in attendance.

Hamid ( is the author of four novels—Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, and Exit West—and a book of essays, Discontent and Its Civilizations. His writing has been translated into forty languages, featured on best-seller lists, and adapted for the cinema. Born in Lahore, he has spent about half his life there and much of the rest in London, New York, and California. Hamid was nominated for the 2018 Neustadt International Prize for Literature, which is also sponsored by World Literature Today, the university’s award-winning magazine of international literature and culture.

All Puterbaugh Festival events are free and open to the public. The complete schedule will be made available early in the spring semester. For additional information or special accommodations, call the office of WLT at (405) 325-4531.

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