Ayad Akhtar: Finding a Voice to Address the American ‘Us’

In this episode, SVWC Literary Director JOHN BURNHAM SCHWARTZ talks with his good friend, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and novelist AYAD AKHTAR, about his just-published new novel Homeland Elegies – “passionate, disturbing, unputdownable,” Salman Rushdie says – about being the American, Midwestern son of immigrant doctors from Pakistan; about “otherness” and Islam and Trump and capitalism and identity and race and, ultimately, the state of this country he calls home.