Ayad Akhtar – Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, novelist and actor

Pulitzer prize-winner Ayad Akhtar
Doors open at 5:30pm. Free.
Limited seating capacity.  First come, first served.

After the Presentation:
Get “up close and personal” with Mr. Ayad Akhtar
This special post-lecture reception will be held at the beautiful home of Rita Linder and Perry Arnold.
$60, $50 mbrs, a limited number of tickets are available.

Reception tickets include guaranteed reserved seats at Mr. Akhtar’s free 6pm presentation at TSKW.
Reception includes drinks and delicious hors d’oeuvres by Three Fine Cooks.


Above: Click to watch Mr. Akhtar discuss American Dervish

Ayad Akhtar was born in New York City and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is the author of American Dervish, published in 25 languages worldwide and a 2012 Best Book of the Year at Kirkus Reviews, Toronto’s Globe and Mail, Shelf-Awareness, and O (Oprah) Magazine.

He is also a playwright and screenwriter. His stage play Disgraced played at New York’s Lincoln Center Theater in 2012, and will be premiering at the Bush Theater in London in May 2013. Disgraced won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and starred The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi.  As a screenwriter, Ayad was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for The War Within a film about an ordinary man radicalized into becoming a terrorist. He has received commissions from Lincoln Center and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He is a graduate of Brown and Columbia Universities with degrees in Theater and Film Directing


What a pleasure to encounter a first novel as self-assured and effortlessly told as Ayad Akhtar’s “American Dervish.” Mr. Akhtar, a first-generation Pakistani-American, has written an immensely entertaining coming-of-age story set during the early 1980s among the Pakistanis in the author’s hometown, Milwaukee. – The New York Times

Ayad Akhtar’s wonderful first novel tells a quintessentially American coming-of-age story: The child of immigrants struggles to find a place in his life for the traditions and beliefs of his ancestral homeland in a new world of broader possibilities that are both enticing and threatening. – The Washington Post

Akhtar dazzles with his debut novel about a Muslim family in pre-9/11 America – People Magazine

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