A.K. Asif, Shobha Rao, Chaitali Sen presented by Tasveer South Asia Lit Festival
This last full session featuring authors at this year’s debut festival bring three excellent fiction writers to the fore. A.K. Asif is the author of the newly released novel, Hell! No Saints in Paradise (HarperCollins). “Author Ismael’s debut is a psychedelic, boundary-pushing excursion into the heart of the world’s second largest religion. He does a beautiful job explaining the features of Islam to readers while also having fun ...At the end of Ismael’s tale, readers may find themselves just as enlightened as he is. An invigorating romp that surprises with every chapter.” –Kirkus Reviews.
Chaitali Sen makes what we believe is her first Seattle visit with her most recent book, The Pathless Sky (Europa), still reaching readers. “…a searingly vivid portrayal of the depths of human emotions—from the first glow of young love to the deeper strength of middle-aged commitment. A poignant and sophisticated work couched in lyrical, effervescent prose. –Kirkus Reviews.
Shobha Rao makes this very welcome Seattle return, a favorite with readers here and beyond since her first book of stories, An Unrestored Woman came along a few years ago. That was followed last year’s moving, powerful novel, Girls Burn Brighter (Flatiron), a book partially set in Seattle. Cited for several best of year lists, longlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, this is an unforgettable story of two young women, going from India to Seattle by way of being ensnared by trafficking. “Shobha Rao writes cleanly and eloquently about women who, without their brightness, might have been left to die in their beds. She writes them into life, into existence, into the light of day.” —Los Angeles Times.
Moderated by S. Charusheela. Free admission, more information at www.tasveer.org.