If you are a avid reader, then its not possible to have missed Mohsin Hamid's book Exit West. It has literally taken the world by storm. From being one of Barrack Obama's favourite read to being short listed for Man Booker Prize, the book has been appreciated all across. And we have some more amazing news to share with you all. The book won the first-ever Aspen Words Literary Prize!
The book tells a story of refugees getting out their war torn country through magical portals. Exit West was selected was from a group of 5 finalist books, including Lesley Nneka Arimah's short story collection What It means when a man falls from the sky.
After the announcement, Hamid in his recorded acceptance speech at the ceremony in New York City said ,
"I'm really grateful to be honoured by this prize in particular, which is a prize that looks to books to have an impact on the world."
Founded by Aspen Words, a non profit literary centre established by the Aspen Institute, the award aims to boost writers who grapple with "the messiness of reality and human experience,".
We at HIP would like to congratulate Mohsin Hamid on the award and hope that he continues his amazing work.