Hisham Matar | My Friends

Sat 20 Apr 2024 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Hisham Matar
Hisham Matar - My Friends
Erica Wagner

Hisham Matar makes a welcome return to Cambridge! The Booker shortlisted and Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Return joins us to discuss My Friends, his masterful and intensely moving new novel which follows three friends living in political exile, exploring the emotional homeland that deep friendships can provide.  

In conversation with Erica Wagner 


Venue: Old Divinity School

Duration: 1 hour

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Author biography

Hisham Matar was born in New York to Libyan parents, spent his childhood in Tripoli and Cairo and has lived most of his life in London. His memoir The Return won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the PEN/Jean Stein Award, the Rathbones Folio Prize, the Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize, Frances Prix du Livre Etranger Inter & Le Journal du Dimanche and Germany’s Geschwister Scholl Prize, and was shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford, the Costa Biography and the National Book Critics Circle Awards. He is also the author of the novels In the Country of Men, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and Anatomy of a Disappearance, and his most recent book is A Month in Siena. Matar is a Professor at Barnard College, Columbia University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Arts. His work has been translated into over thirty languages. 

Chair Biography

Erica Wagner is an American author and critic, living in London, England. She is former literary editor of The Times. Erica has published numerous books and is a festival Honorary Patron.