Everybody Reads 2018

We are all migrants through time.

The Everybody Reads 2018 selection is Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. Extra copies of the book and e-book will be available in February thanks to the generous support of The Library Foundation.

About Exit West

As violence and unrest looms over their country, Nadia and Saeed embark on a furtive love affair. As the city turns into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, the couple begins to hear whispers about doors — doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. 

Exit West book cover image

Moshin Hamid photo (c) by Jillian Edelstein

About the author

Mohsin Hamid is a Pakistani writer. He is the author of four novels, Moth Smoke (2000), The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2007), How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia (2013), and Exit West (2017), and a book of essays, Discontent and Its Civilizations (2014). His writing has been featured on bestseller lists, adapted for the cinema, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize (The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Exit West, shortlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award (Moth Smoke), selected as a winner or finalist of 20 awards, and translated into 35 languages.

How to participate

Through a shared reading experience, we will discuss issues that matter, learn from each other and promote greater understanding.


Extra copies of the books will be available in February 2018 at all neighborhood libraries, and e-books will be downloadable from the library catalog, thanks to the generous support of The Library Foundation. Readers are encouraged to share extra copies with friends, coworkers and neighbors.


Beginning in February 2018, share your thoughts at a book discussion at your neighborhood library or bookstore.


Attend a cultural program

Be inspired.

Hamid will speak on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Tickets are available from Literary Arts.

Thanks to the support of The Library Foundation, a number of classrooms and organizations have been selected to receive books and program guides for their students.

Everybody Reads 2018, a community reading project of Multnomah County Library, is made possible in part by gifts to The Library Foundation with author appearance made possible by Literary Arts.

Programming support also made possible in part by Oregon Public Broadcasting, Portland State University and Portland Community College


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