Mohammed Hasan Alwan

What: A conversation with novelist Mohammed Hasan Alwan
When: October 6, 2017 at 7 PM
Where: Echo Lakeside Pavilion
Price: Free, but space is limited

Join us for a reading, conversation and multimedia presentation followed by a reception with complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres.


An Emerging Voice in Saudi Literature: A Conversation with Novelist Dr. Mohammed Hasan Alwan

A beaver building a dam in Portland, Oregon.

The flickering lights of a distant oil field.

A great Sufi philosopher traveling the globe.

These are just a few of the topics that have inspired the writings of award-winning Saudi novelist, Dr. Mohammed Hasan Alwan. The author of five novels and numerous short stories, Alwan’s, most recent novel, A Small Death, was released to critical acclaim across the Arab world, winning the 2017 International Prize for Arabic Fiction, the most prestigious literary prize in the Arab world. Through the story of the great Arab traveler and philosopher, Ibn Arabi, the novel explores how travel can change a person’s perceptions and shape their spiritual journey. Now Dr. Alwan is coming to the U.S. to read from his award-winning novel, and to share the story of his creative process and his pathway to inspiration.

Bridges Talks is a cross-cultural exchange program organized by the Middle East Institute and supported by the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture.The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture is a one-of-a-kind institution that brings together multiple offerings under one roof. From arts and culture to science and innovation, this bold initiative of Saudi Aramco promises a continuous journey of enrichment designed to energize the next knowledge economy of Saudi Arabia. The Center aims to make a positive and tangible impact on the cultural scene by focusing on building local talents in creative industries. Blending iconic architectural design with advanced technology, and unique learning methods with enriching programs, the Center is an infinitely inspiring platform for explorers, learners, creators, and leaders – a thriving hub of knowledge, creativity and cross-cultural engagement. As the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia strives to achieve its ambitious national development goals to transition to a knowledge-based economy, the Center acts as a bridge connecting cultures and cultivating a creative and innovative community. For more information, visit: