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Sacramento State: Redefine the Possible
Charles Martell Author Lecture: Jamil Jan Kochai
The Friends of the Sacramento State Library are proud to host “made at Sac State” author Jamil Jan Kochai for a special conversation. His debut novel, 99 Nights in Logar, is the witty and tender coming-of-age journey of a twelve-year-old boy in contemporary Afghanistan. 99 Nights in Logar was a finalist for the Pen/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.

Kochai’s newest work, The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories, a collection of short stories published in July 2022, moves between comedy and tragedy as he follows characters in modern-day Afghanistan and in the Afghan diaspora. The Haunting of Hajji Hotak has been widely celebrated, and the collection is a finalist for the 2022 National Book Award for Fiction.

To request reasonable accommodations such as ASL interpretation or live captioning, please contact Maria Ramirez (916) 278-5954 at least five (5) business days in advance of the event or as soon as possible.

Apr 13, 2023 01:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Jamil Jan Kochai
Jamil Jan Kochai ’14 (English) is a Hornet alum and assistant professor in the English department at Sacramento State. He was born in an Afghan refugee camp in Peshawar, Pakistan, but he originally hails from Logar, Afghanistan. His short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Zoetrope, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Best American Short Stories, and his essays have been published at The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. Kochai was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and a Truman Capote Fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was awarded the Henfield Prize for Fiction. He is a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University.