Events

All events are free and take place at UMMA unless otherwise noted.

Thu
Feb 23

Zell Visiting Writers Series: Fiction Author Rumaan Alam Reading and Q&A

All events will be held in a hybrid format (i.e., both in person and over Zoom). Zoom attendees may login to all Zell Visiting Writers Series events via the usual link (with no pre-registration needed): https://tinyurl.com/ZellWriters  All events will include live, automatic captioning for Zoom attendees.

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.

The Zell Visiting Writers Series is a reading series presented by the Helen Zell Writers’ Program in partnership with the University of Michigan Museum of Art, with support from the Department of English Language & Literature, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and Janey Lack.

ZVWS events are free and open to the public. For additional information, questions, or accommodations needs, please contact Program Coordinator Michaela Kotziers at kotziers@umich.edu.