André Aciman is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center, CUNY and the director of both The Center for the Humanities and The Writers’ Institute.  He is also the author of Out of Egypt: A MemoirFalse Papers, Alibis, and four novels: Call Me by Your Name, Eight White Nights, Harvard Square, and Enigma Variations. He is the co‑author and editor of Letters of Transit and of The Proust Project.   He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as a fellowship from The New York Public Library's Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. A contributor to The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The New York Review of Books, he has also appeared in several volumes of Best American Essays. His forthcoming essay collection is entitled Homo Irrealis.