Hisham Matar was born to Libyan parents in New York City and spent his childhood in Tripoli and Cairo. In the Land of Men, his debut novel, was a Man Booker Prize, Guardian First Book Award, and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. The Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best First Novel award for Europe and South Asia, the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, and the inaugural Arab American Book Award were among the six international literary accolades it received. It's been dubbed in twenty-eight other languages. Matar is an associate professor at Barnard College in New York City and lives in London.