Join us on Thursday March 24 at McNally Jackson Books for the New York City launch of acclaimed Indian author Githa Hariharan's groundbreaking book of travel essays, Almost Home: Finding a Place in the World from Kashmir to New York. In a series of engrossing and politically charged essays, Hariharan explores some of the world’s most radiant—and radioactive—places, across both time and space. J.M. Coetzee writes of Almost Home: “In essays that bespeak a thoroughly cosmopolitan sensibility, Githa Hariharan not only takes us on illuminating tours through cities rich in history, but gives a voice to urban people from all over the world—Kashmir, Palestine, Delhi—trying to live with basic human dignity under circumstances of dire repression or crushing poverty.” Githa will be in conversation with her friend and colleague, Anjali Singh of Ayesha Pande Literary Agency.
Githa Hariharan was born in Coimbatore, India, and she grew up in Bombay and Manila. She was educated in these two cities and later in the United States. In 1995, Hariharan challenged the Hindu Minority and Guardianship Act as discriminatory against women. The case, Githa Hariharan and Another vs. Reserve Bank of India and Another, led to a Supreme Court judgment in 1999 on guardianship. Githa Hariharan's published work includes novels, short stories, essays, newspaper articles and columns. Her first novel, The Thousand Faces of Night (1992) won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for best first book in 1993. Her book of essays, Almost Home, will be published by Restless Books in March 2016.
A literary agent at Ayesha Pande Literary, Anjali Singh started her career in publishing in 1996 as a literary scout. Most recently Editorial Director at Other Press, she has also worked as an editor at Simon & Schuster, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Vintage Books. She is is best known for having championed Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis after stumbling across it on a visit to Paris. She has always been drawn to the thrill of discovering new writers, and among the literary novelists whose careers she helped launch are Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Samantha Hunt, Preeta Samarasan, Zoe Ferraris, Victoria Patterson, Natalie Bakopoulos, Enid Shomer and Brigid Pasulka. She is a member of the International Committee of the Brooklyn Book Festival.
Where: McNally Jackson, 52 Prince St, New York, NY 10012
When: Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm