2020 Annual Event – Featuring Aleksandar Hemon

Event Postponed Due To COVID-19.

We will provide updates as more information becomes available.

D&R Greenway Land Trust

Dinner at 5:30pm, View Silent Auction

Program at 7:00pm, Dessert Reception to Follow

People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos is dedicated to opening doors to literature for new audiences. Through oral readings and rigorous discussions of enduring short stories, we invite underserved participants to fresh understandings of themselves, of others, and of the world.

People & Stories is delighted to offer an evening with renowned author and screenwriter,

– Aleksandar Hemon –

Introduced by Board Vice President & Author, Constance W. Hassett


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Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award, and three collections 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.

His other works include two books of nonfiction, My Parents: An Introduction and The Book of My Lives, the novel The Making of Zombie Wars, journalism, screenplays, and content for the Netflix original show Sense8. Born in Sarajevo, Hemon visited Chicago in 1992, intending to stay for a matter of months. While he was there, Sarajevo came under siege, and he was unable to return home. Hemon wrote his first story in English in 1995.

Aleksandar Hemon was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003 and a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation in 2004.

Hemon has taught at Northwestern University and New York University and is currently a Professor of Creative Writing at Princeton University.