Akhil Sharma

Some Favorite Writers: Akhil Sharma

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Akhil Sharma’s second novel, Family Life, launches in Delhi, the city of his birth, and unfolds in New York, the PEN/Hemingway Award winner’s chosen home. It was 13 years in the writing, and Sharma’s lengthy process resulted in a tight novel that is “a terse, devastating account of growing up as a brilliant outsider in American culture,” observes the novelist Edmund White, and is “heart-stopping,” according to Sonali Deraniyagala, writing in the New York Times Book Review

Complimentary coffee and tea served. A book signing will follow the reading.

This series of readings is organized by Mona Simpson, author of My Hollywood, Anywhere But Here, and Off Keck Road. Readings are followed by discussions with Simpson.


Some Favorite Writers is supported in part by the UCLA Department of English and Friends of English.

All Hammer public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from the Dream Fund at UCLA. 

Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, an anonymous donor, and all Hammer members. 

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