André Aciman was born in Alexandria, Egypt and is an American memoirist, essayist, novelist, and distinguished professor of Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center, director of The Writers’ Institute, and chair of The Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and has taught at Princeton University and Bard College. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, The New Republic, Condé Nast Traveler as well as in many volumes of The Best American Essays. He is the author of Out of Egypt: A Memoir and of the novels, Call Me by Your Names, Eight White Nights and Harvard Square. He is also the author of his essay collections False Papers and Alibis. He is the editor of The Proust Project and Letters of Transit. His forthcoming books are entitled Enigma Variations and Homo Irrealis.