SAWCC’s Sixth Annual Literary Festival
March 6–7, 2009
A two-day series of readings, panel discussions, and writing workshops featuring South Asian writing that explores love between strangers and love that is strange.
This year’s festival, Stranger Love, calls to mind accidental encounters and provocative attractions that defy the boundaries of social expectation. Through the lenses of memoir, poetry, and fiction, South Asian women explore journey and memory, war and conflict, and race and sexuality in new, complex and uncoventional ways.
Friday, March 6th, 7pm
Reading and Conversation
Featuring Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jhumpa Lahiri (Unaccustomed Earth, Knopf 2008 ), with author V.V. Ganeshananthan (Love Marriage, Random House 2008 )
at Wollman Hall
The New School
65 West 11th Street, 5th Floor
(entrance at 65 West 12th Street)
New York, NY
Ticket information coming soon
Saturday, March 7th
Stranger Histories: War and Literature
Panelists speak about the way they engage narrative and verse to address issues of civil conflict, terrorism, and protest.
Meena Alexander (Quickly Changing River: Poems, Triquarterly Books 2008)
V.V. Ganeshananthan (Love Marriage, Random House 2008 )
Moderated by Zohra Saed (PhD candidate, CUNY)
Stranger Migrations: Travel and Literature
Panelists discuss nonfiction that takes the form of travelogue and memoir, and their work’s exploration of journey, displacement, and diaspora.
Minal Hajratwala (Leaving India: My Family’s Journey from Five Villages to Five Continents, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2009 )
S. Mitra Kalita (Suburban Sahibs, Rutgers University Press 2003 )
Suketu Mehta (Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found, Knopf 2004 )
Moderated by Pooja Makhijani (Under Her Skin: How Girls Experience Race in America, Seal Press 2004 )
Passing Strange: Race, Gender and Sexuality
Panelists consider how their writing reimagines raced, gendered, and sexual identity in unconventional ways.
Abha Dawesar (That Summer in Paris, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday 2006 )
Farzana Doctor (Stealing Nasreen, Inanna 200 7 )
Chandra Prasad (On Borrowed Wings: A Novel, Atria 200 7 )
Moderated by Svati Shah (Assistant Professor, NYU)
Writing workshops include a poetry workshop with Purvi Shah and fiction writing with Bushra Rehman. Sign-up information coming soon.
at The New School
6 East 16th Street (at 5th Ave), 9th Floor
New York, NY
Saturday, March 7th, 7pm
Closing Night Reading
From dating on Craigslist to undiscovered family histories, South Asian women share their own writing on the theme of “stranger love.” Featuring Meena Alexander, Abha Dawesar, Farzana Doctor, Minal Hajratwala, S. Mitra Kalita, Yesha Naik, Amy Paul, Zohra Saed, and Purvi Shah.
at Bar 13
35 East 13th Street
New York, NY
$5 at the door