Zell Visiting Writers Series: Rumaan Alam

Thursday, February 23, 2023 - 5:30pm

Literati Bookstore is pleased to be the official boookseller for the Zell Visiting Writers Series at the University of Michigan.

Zell Visiting Writers Series readings and Q&As are free and open to the public, and will be offered both virtually (via Zoom) and in person (in UMMA's Stern Auditorium). Seats are offered on a first come, first served basis; please arrive early to secure a spot. Please contact asbates@umich.edu with any questions or accommodation needs.

Rumaan Alam is an author whose writing explores the beauty and horror of daily existence, as well as complex ideas about fate and privilege.

After his parents moved from Bangladesh in the ‘70s, Rumaan grew up in the suburbs of Washington D.C. He was an obsessive reader and knew he wanted to be a writer by the time he was 10 years old. After studying English and graduating from Oberlin College, he has written three novels: Rich and Pretty, That Kind of Mother, and his latest, the instant New York Times bestseller Leave the World Behind. A finalist for the 2020 National Book Award, Leave the World Behind is also being adapted for film with Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington in lead roles.

Rumaan’s other writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Buzzfeed, and The New Republic, where he is a contributing editor. He also co-hosts two podcasts for Slate.

Rumaan lives in New York with his husband and two children.

Event address: 
525 S. State Street
Helmut Stern Auditorium
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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Leave the World Behind: A Read with Jenna Pick By Rumaan Alam Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062667649
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Published: Ecco - November 23rd, 2021

That Kind of Mother: A Novel By Rumaan Alam Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062667618
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Published: Ecco - February 19th, 2019

Rich and Pretty: A Novel By Rumaan Alam Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062429940
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Published: Ecco - June 6th, 2017