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Ayad Akhtar


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Ayad Akhtar is a novelist, screenwriter, and playwright. Born in New York City and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he is the author of American Dervish, published in more than 20 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 won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. As a screenwriter, he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for The War Within. He is a graduate of Brown and Columbia Universities with degrees in Theater and Film Directing.

Genres: Literary Fiction
 
Novels
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Plays
   Disgraced (2013)
   The Who & the What (2014)
   The Invisible Hand (2015)
   Junk (2017)
   American Political Plays in the Age of Terrorism (2018) (with Kia Corthron, Tony Kushner, Neil LaBute and Lynn Nottage)
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Ayad Akhtar recommends
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Missionaries (2020)
Phil Klay
"Phil Klay’s Missionaries is a big, rich, clear-eyed book about death and life; wise, compassionate, and, yes, as cynical as it needs to be when necessary, but full of vivid people caught up in that organized human violence which is our species’ haunting passion. I’ve maybe never read a war novel this good."

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