Mohsin Hamid on ‘Filthy Rich’ and ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’

Join us for a live video chat April 23 at 10 a.m. with Mohsin Hamid, author of the novels “How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia” and “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” which was shortlisted for the 2007 Man Booker prize.

A film adaptation of “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” opens Friday in L.A. and New York. It’s director Mira Nair’s interpretation of Hamid’s novel and stars Riz Ahmed, Liev Schreiber, Kate Hudson and Kiefer Sutherland.

While the movie is bringing Hamid to the U.S. from his home in Lahore, Pakistan, it’s not his only current creative project. In March, Riverhead published his latest book, “How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia.” Vaguely and satirically modeled as a self-help book, it’s a strongly voiced story of a poor village boy who wants to get ahead.

“I think there’s an appropriate voice for each story, and it takes me years” to find it, Hamid told The Times in March. “It’s like being a character actor. I just try speaking like the voice I want to do, until I find it.”

Hamid attended Princeton and Harvard, and has lived in London and California as well as Lahore. We’ll ask him about all those things, about his new book, and about his experience working on the screen version of “The Reluctant Fundamentalist.” Join us Tuesday at 10 a.m.



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