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March 22 @ 7:00 pm

Run and Hide: A Virtual Evening with Pankaj Mishra and Yiyun Li


March 22
7:00 pm



Books & Books and Harvard Book Store present

A Virtual Evening with

Pankaj Mishra

in conversation with

Yiyun Li

Run and Hide: A Novel

(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $27)

Tuesday, March 22, 7 PM ET  | Via Zoom


Books & Books is excited to partner with Harvard Book Store for this special conversation with Pankaj Mishra! Tickets are FREE or bundled with the book (+tax/fee). Once you make you register or make your purchase, we will send you a Zoom registration link (24 hours BEFORE) that will give you access to the event via private link.

About the Book:

“Pankaj Mishra transforms a visceral, intimate story of one man’s humble origins into a kaleidoscopic portrait of a society bedazzled by power and wealth—what it means on a human level, and what it costs. Run and Hideis a spectacular, illuminating work of fiction.”
—Jennifer Egan, author of Manhattan Beach

Growing up in a small railway town, Arun always dreamed of escape. His acceptance to the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, enabled through great sacrifice by his low-caste parents, is seemingly his golden ticket out of a life plagued by everyday cruelties and deprivations.

At the predominantly male campus, he meets two students from similar backgrounds. Unlike Arun—scarred by his childhood, and an uneasy interloper among go-getters—they possess the sheer will and confidence to break through merciless social barriers. The alumni of IIT eventually go on to become the financial wizards of their generation, working hard and playing hard from East Hampton to Tuscany—the beneficiaries of unprecedented financial and sexual freedom. But while his friends play out Gatsby-style fantasies, Arun fails to leverage his elite education for social capital. He decides to pursue the writerly life, retreating to a small village in the Himalayas with his aging mother.

Arun’s modest idyll is one day disrupted by the arrival of a young woman named Alia, who is writing an exposé of his former classmates. Alia, beautiful and sophisticated, draws Arun back to the prospering world where he must be someone else if he is to belong. When he is implicated in a terrible act of violence committed by his closest friend from IIT, Arun will have to reckon with the person he has become.

Run and Hide is Pankaj Mishra’s powerful story of achieving material progress at great moral and emotional cost. It is also the story of a changing country and global order, and the inequities of class and gender that map onto our most intimate relationships.


About the Author:

PANKAJ MISHRA is the author of The Romantics, which won the Art Seidenbaum Award; Bland Fanatics; Age of Anger; and From the Ruins of Empire. He contributes political and literary essays to The Guardian, the London Review of Books, The New York Review of Books, and The New Yorker. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he lives in London and India. His most recent book is the novel Run and Hide.

About the Moderator:

YIYUN LI is the author of six works of fiction―Must I Go, Where Reasons End, Kinder Than Solitude, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, The Vagrants, and Gold Boy, Emerald Girl―and the memoir Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life. She is the recipient of many awards, including a PEN/Hemingway Award, a PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, a MacArthur Fellowship, and a Windham-Campbell Prize, and was featured in The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 fiction issue. Her work has also appeared in A Public Space, The Best American Short Stories, and The O. Henry Prize Stories, among other publications. She teaches at Princeton University and lives in Princeton, New Jersey. Farrar, Straus and Giroux will publish her novel The Book of Goose in September 2022.

Ticket Guidelines:

  • BUNDLED ADMISSION (Includes book + U.S shipping): The purchase of this ticket admits (1) one person into the virtual event and includes (1) one copy of Run and Hide: A Novel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $27+ tax and fee). Please note that a fee of $6 is included for U.S. domestic shipping of the book.

When completing your order, please make sure that you include your complete shipping address (including your Apt. # if applicable) and phone number.

***When completing your order, please make sure that you include your complete shipping address (including your Apt. # if applicable) and phone number.

  • FREE ADMISSION (Free, NO BOOK): The purchase of this ticket admits (1) one person into the virtual event without a book.

All books will be shipped AFTER the event.

When completing your order, please make sure that you include your complete shipping address and phone number.

Please note: Due to the pandemic the post office is being challenged by increased volume, staffing issues, and safety measures. Most orders within the U.S. deliver in about 10 business days from the date the book ships. International orders usually take longer and vary depending on the country of destination. We cannot guarantee the exact date of delivery, however, will do our best to make it as swift as possible. Thank you for your understanding.