NAYANJOT LAHIRI with VIKRAMADITYA PARKASH and URVASHI BUTALIA with SONORA JHA at Seattle Asian Art Museum
Start: 6:30 pm
Presented by the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART & IDEAS and ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY, in association with TEAMWORK PRODUCTIONS. This second night of conversations will include a dialogue with noted historian, professor (University of Delhi), and author Nayanjot Lahiri, whose most recent book is Finding Forgotten Cities: How the Indus Civilization was Discovered (Permanent Black). She'll be joined here this evening by University of Washington architecture professor, urbanist, and historian Dr. Vikram Prakash. He is involved in book publications in India as well as here, where he is the author of Chandigarh's Le Corbusier, among other works. Also this evening will be renowned author, activist, and publishing figure Urvashi Butalia. Co-founder of India's first feminist press, Kali for Women, and the director today of an imprint, Zubaan, she has edited numerous books, and is the author of a major work on partition, The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India (Duke University Press). In conversation with her will be Seattle University professor and chair of the Communication Department Sonora Jha. A former Times of India correspondent in India and Singapore, Sonora Jha has a debut novel, Foreign, forthcoming from Random House India in November. Tickets ($12/$7 SAM members) are available, along with more information, at www.seattleartmuseum.org. The Seattle Asian Art Museum is at 1400 East Prospect in Volunteer Park.
Start: 7:00 pm
Baltimore-based fiction writer Ron Tanner, who read here for his debut book of stories, A Bed of Nails, returns with his winning account of a house's restoration in From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story (Academy Chicago). "I fell for the house, I fell for the girl (and predictably for her dowager of a basset hound), but most of all I fell for Ron Tanner, one very fine storyteller. I'm still a bit stunned that I could become so entranced by a tale involving rehab nerds, real-estate shysters, frat-house vandals, Dumpsters, rats, and a whole lot of tools, but I'm enough of a writer to know this: when someone of great heart meets the most deeply personal challenge of a lifetimeespecially when it seems strange or insane to just about everyone elsethat's the place where the best and most moving stories begin." - Julia Glass.