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Mon – Thur: 10:30 am to 6:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
4613 N Oketo Ave
Harwood Heights, IL 60706
708-867-7828

4613 N Oketo Ave, Harwood Heights, IL 60706 708-867-7828

Mon – Thur: 10:30 am to 6:00 pm | Fri – Sat: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Aleksandar Hemon Awarded the 2020 John Dos Passos Prize for Literature

Aleksandar Hemon has bee awarded the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature. The prize honors “an underappreciated writer whose work offers incisive, original commentary on American themes, experiments with form and encompasses a range of human experiences.” Previous winners include Rabih Alameddine, Colson Whitehead, and Annie Proulx.

Hemon is the author of The Question of Bruno, Nowhere Man, The Lazarus Project, and Love and Obstacles. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a genius grant from the MacArthur Foundation, the Jan Michalski Prize for Literature, and the PEN/W. G. Sebald Award.

At at 27, while visiting the United States, war broke out in his hometown of Sarajevo and Hemon found himself stranded in Chicago. He lived and worked in the city from 1992-2018 when he accepted a position as professor of creative writing at Princeton University.



The Question of Bruno by Aleksandar Hemon
A love affair is experienced in the blink of an eye as the Archduke Ferdinand watches his wife succumb to an assassin’s bullet. An exiled writer, working in a sandwich shop in Chicago, adjusts to the absurdities of his life. Love letters from war torn Sarajevo navigate the art of getting from point A to point B without being shot. With a surefooted sense of detail and life-saving humor, Aleksandar Hemon examines the overwhelming events of history and the effect they have on individual lives. These heartrending stories bear the unmistakable mark of an important new international writer.
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Nowhere Man by Aleksandar Hemon
A love affair is experienced in the blink of an eye as the Archduke Ferdinand watches his wife succumb to an assassin’s bullet. An exiled writer, working in a sandwich shop in Chicago, adjusts to the absurdities of his life. Love letters from war torn Sarajevo navigate the art of getting from point A to point B without being shot. With a surefooted sense of detail and life-saving humor, Aleksandar Hemon examines the overwhelming events of history and the effect they have on individual lives.
Book | Overdrive Ebook | Hoopla Audio



The Lazarus Project by Aleksandar Hemon
On March 2, 1908, nineteen-year-old Lazarus Averbuch, an Eastern European Jewish immigrant, was shot to death on the doorstep of the Chicago chief of police and cast as a would-be anarchist assassin. A century later, a young Eastern European writer in Chicago named Brik becomes obsessed with Lazarus’s story. Brik enlists his friend Rora-a war photographer from Sarajevo-to join him in retracing Averbuch’s path.

Through a history of pogroms and poverty, and a prism of a present-day landscape of cheap mafiosi and even cheaper prostitutes, the stories of Averbuch and Brik become inextricably intertwined, creating a truly original, provocative, and entertaining novel that confirms Aleksandar Hemon, often compared to Vladimir Nabokov, as one of the most dynamic and essential literary voices of our time.
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Love and Obstacles by Aleksandar Hemon
The stories of Aleksandar Hemon’s Love and Obstacles are united by their narrator, a young man coming of age in Communist-but-cosmopolitan Sarajevo who will leave for the United States just as his city is torn asunder. In Hemon’s hands, seemingly mundane childhood experiences become daring, dramatic adventures, while unique and wrenching circumstances become a common ground that involves us all.
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The Making of Zombie Wars by Aleksandar Hemon
Josh Levin is an aspiring screenwriter teaching ESL classes in Chicago. His laptop is full of ideas, but the only one to really take root is Zombie Wars. When Josh comes home to discover his landlord, an unhinged army vet, rifling through his dirty laundry, he decides to move in with his girlfriend, Kimmy. It’s domestic bliss for a moment, but Josh becomes entangled with a student, a Bosnian woman named Ana, whose husband is jealous and violent. Disaster ensues, and as Josh’s choices move from silly to profoundly absurd, The Making of Zombie Wars takes on real consequence.
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Categories: Adults.

Aleksandar Hemon Awarded the 2020 John Dos Passos Prize for Literature

Aleksandar Hemon has bee awarded the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature. The prize honors “an underappreciated writer whose work offers incisive, original commentary on American themes, experiments with form and encompasses a range of human experiences.” Previous winners include Rabih Alameddine, Colson Whitehead, and Annie Proulx.

Hemon is the author of The Question of Bruno, Nowhere Man, The Lazarus Project, and Love and Obstacles. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a genius grant from the MacArthur Foundation, the Jan Michalski Prize for Literature, and the PEN/W. G. Sebald Award.

At at 27, while visiting the United States, war broke out in his hometown of Sarajevo and Hemon found himself stranded in Chicago. He lived and worked in the city from 1992-2018 when he accepted a position as professor of creative writing at Princeton University.



The Question of Bruno by Aleksandar Hemon
A love affair is experienced in the blink of an eye as the Archduke Ferdinand watches his wife succumb to an assassin’s bullet. An exiled writer, working in a sandwich shop in Chicago, adjusts to the absurdities of his life. Love letters from war torn Sarajevo navigate the art of getting from point A to point B without being shot. With a surefooted sense of detail and life-saving humor, Aleksandar Hemon examines the overwhelming events of history and the effect they have on individual lives. These heartrending stories bear the unmistakable mark of an important new international writer.
Book | Overdrive Ebook | Hoopla Audio

Nowhere Man by Aleksandar Hemon
A love affair is experienced in the blink of an eye as the Archduke Ferdinand watches his wife succumb to an assassin’s bullet. An exiled writer, working in a sandwich shop in Chicago, adjusts to the absurdities of his life. Love letters from war torn Sarajevo navigate the art of getting from point A to point B without being shot. With a surefooted sense of detail and life-saving humor, Aleksandar Hemon examines the overwhelming events of history and the effect they have on individual lives.
Book | Overdrive Ebook | Hoopla Audio



The Lazarus Project by Aleksandar Hemon
On March 2, 1908, nineteen-year-old Lazarus Averbuch, an Eastern European Jewish immigrant, was shot to death on the doorstep of the Chicago chief of police and cast as a would-be anarchist assassin. A century later, a young Eastern European writer in Chicago named Brik becomes obsessed with Lazarus’s story. Brik enlists his friend Rora-a war photographer from Sarajevo-to join him in retracing Averbuch’s path.

Through a history of pogroms and poverty, and a prism of a present-day landscape of cheap mafiosi and even cheaper prostitutes, the stories of Averbuch and Brik become inextricably intertwined, creating a truly original, provocative, and entertaining novel that confirms Aleksandar Hemon, often compared to Vladimir Nabokov, as one of the most dynamic and essential literary voices of our time.
Book | Overdrive Ebook | Hoopla Audio

Love and Obstacles by Aleksandar Hemon
The stories of Aleksandar Hemon’s Love and Obstacles are united by their narrator, a young man coming of age in Communist-but-cosmopolitan Sarajevo who will leave for the United States just as his city is torn asunder. In Hemon’s hands, seemingly mundane childhood experiences become daring, dramatic adventures, while unique and wrenching circumstances become a common ground that involves us all.
Book | Hoopla Audio

The Making of Zombie Wars by Aleksandar Hemon
Josh Levin is an aspiring screenwriter teaching ESL classes in Chicago. His laptop is full of ideas, but the only one to really take root is Zombie Wars. When Josh comes home to discover his landlord, an unhinged army vet, rifling through his dirty laundry, he decides to move in with his girlfriend, Kimmy. It’s domestic bliss for a moment, but Josh becomes entangled with a student, a Bosnian woman named Ana, whose husband is jealous and violent. Disaster ensues, and as Josh’s choices move from silly to profoundly absurd, The Making of Zombie Wars takes on real consequence.
Book | Overdrive Ebook | Hoopla Audio

Categories: Adults.