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Man Booker Prize shortlister Mohsin Hamid to attend Winternachten festival The Hague 2018

Mohsin Hamid
Mohsin Hamid

Mohsin Hamid, one of the six writers shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017, will attend Winternachten international literature festival The Hague 2018. The festival 2018 takes place 18-21 January 2018 in Theater aan het Spui and Filmhuis Den Haag.

Mohsin Hamid will deliver the Free the Word!-speech on the festival's Opening Night, Thursday 18 January 2018. The evening focuses on the freedom of speech. In collaboration with Oxfam Novib and writers' organizations PEN International and PEN Netherlands, the Oxfam Novib PEN Awards will be handed out that evening to writers or journalists who have defended the freedom of speech.

During the festival, Hamid will participate in several programmes of the grand festival evenings Friday Night Unlimited (19 January 2018) and Saturday Night Unlimited (20 January 2018). For all festival information see

Hamid (Lahore, 1971) grew up in the United States and Pakistan. The bestseller author started writing his debut novel Moth Smoke (2000) during his studies at Harvard. The innovating novel, in which an former banker develops a heroine addiction, was a cult hit in India and Pakistan as well as was adapted for Pakistani television.

His international best seller The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2007) - about a Pakistani who gives up his job in the US after getting disappointed with the West - has been adapted for the big screen. His third novel How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia (2013) was followed by Discontent and its Civilisations (2014), an autobiographical story about politics, culture and religion, and the Man Booker Prize shortlisted Exit West (2017), a novel about a young refugee couple in love.

In Exit West, Hamid takes its readers beyond the terrifying headlines in the West about the turbulent East, beyond its stereotypes and prejudices. He also publishes in, among others, The Guardian, The New York Times and The International Herald Tribune.

Writers Unlimited brings writers, poets, thinkers and scientists from all over the world to The Hague for public conversations and debates about literature, arts, science and society. Writers Unlimited organises in January the yearly Winternachten international literature festival. Throughout the year, Writers Unlimited presents the programme's of B-Unlimited - The Hague centre for literature, science and debate - in collaboration with Bibliotheek Den Haag (Public Library The Hague).

Winternachten festival is supported by the City of The Hague, Nederlands Letterenfonds, Jan Campert-Stichting, VSB Fonds, Lira Fonds, Fonds 1818, Oxfam Novib, VPRO, PEN International en PEN Nederland. With thanks to hotel Novotel The Hague City Centre.

published on: Tuesday 17 October 2017