Everybody Reads 2018 featuring Exit West by Moshin Hamid now underway

Annual community reading project begins with availability of thousands of books and e-books; celebrated author to speak in Portland April 5

PORTLAND, Ore. — Feb 1, 2018 — Multnomah County Library’s Everybody Reads 2018, the library’s 16th annual community reading project, begins today with the distribution of thousands of copies of Moshin Hamid’s Exit West.

As Everybody Reads gets underway, readers and students across the county will engage with the ideas and themes – safety, migration, displacement, conflict – presented in Exit West. Nearly 50 Everybody Reads discussions and related programs will take place at libraries and elsewhere in the community.

Thanks to The Library Foundation, 5,750 copies of Exit West are available through libraries across Multnomah County, including e-books and audio books. High schools and organizations serving youth will receive about 2,000 of those copies.

Hamid will speak on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. This event is presented by Literary Arts; tickets are available from Literary Arts.

Exit West examines many of the questions – of safety, fate, belonging, otherness – that surround us today,” said Director of Libraries Vailey Oehlke. “Moshin Hamid takes concepts that we sometimes treat in abstract or clinical terms and washes them in humanity to help us think and feel differently. Exit West is an incredible work.”

Mohsin Hamid is a Pakistani writer. He is the author of four novels, Moth Smoke (2000), The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2007), How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia (2013), and Exit West (2017), and a book of essays, Discontent and Its Civilizations (2014). His writing has been featured on bestseller lists, adapted for the cinema, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the PEN/Hemingway Award, selected as winner or finalist of twenty awards, and translated into 35 languages.

Everybody Reads, a community reading project of Multnomah County Library, is made possible in part by gifts to The Library Foundation with the author appearance made possible by Literary Arts. Programming support is also made possible in part by Oregon Public Broadcasting, Portland State University and Portland Community College.