Sonora Jha, Sharmila Sen, Pramila Venkateswaran presented by Tasveer South Asian Lit Festival

The day’s second Tasveer panel comes over to Elliott Bay for what will be a group reading that should cover fiction and nonfiction prose, and poetry. Sonora Jha, a Seattle University professor and author of the excellent novel, Foreign (Random House India), is expected to read from her novel-in-progress, The Wolf Who Cried Boy

Sharmila Sen is in this panel as a writer, author of an excellent memoir, Not Quite White: Losing and Finding Race in America (Penguin). “Sen breaks the silence about the costs of living as a ‘not white’ American in a society where whiteness is the unspoken norm. A generation from now, ‘not white’ Americans, like Sen’s children and mine, will constitute the majority of all Americans. Yet the institutions that maintain white supremacy remain largely unreconstructed. This important book dares to call out the hypocrisies of the current racialized order and imagines another future for our children’s generation.”—Kushanava Choudhury.

Pramila Venkateswaran is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently Slow Ripening (Local Gems). Her work has been widely published in the U.S., Canada, and India, including anthologies such as Indivisible: An Anthology of South Asian American Poetry. Moderated by Nalini Iyer.

Free admission. More information is at

Foreign  Cover Image
ISBN: 9788184002829
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House India - April 16th, 2013

Not Quite Not White: Losing and Finding Race in America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143131380
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - August 28th, 2018

Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 3:00pm
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122