The 2021 Marino Family International Writers' Academic Workshop will feature Mohsin Hamid and his Man Booker Prize-shortlisted book Exit West. Hamid was originally scheduled to be the author for the 2020 Marino Workshop, which was cancelled due to COVID-19. This year’s workshop will take place Monday, August 23, and will be held virtually via Zoom. Hamid will deliver a lecture that discusses his novel and the life of writing with all incoming first-year students.
In naming Exit West one of the 10 Best Books of 2017, the New York Times declared, “Hamid has created a fictional universe that captures the global perils percolating beneath today’s headlines.” The story follows a young couple as they flee an unnamed war-torn city through a series of doors that serve as portals to faraway lands. Among its honors are the inaugural Aspen Words Literary Prize and the L.A. Times Book Prize for Fiction.
The Marino Workshop began in 1995 as an opportunity for students to learn to transcend the particularities of their own culture, to develop respect for and understanding of differences of opinion, and to celebrate common human similarities. All first-year and transfer students will read a selected text by a major international author and complete a reflection assignment during the summer before they begin at Georgetown.
The Workshop is sponsored by Frederick Marino (SLL '68) and his family in honor of his father, Joseph Marino. It is jointly run by the University Library and the Office of the Provost.