Co-presented with the GARDNER CENTER FOR ASIAN ART & IDEAS. As part of a summer of presenting noteworthy writers from South Asia at the Seattle Asian Art Museum (more in July!), we're delighted to present this evening with award-winning Sri Lankan novelist Shehan Karunatilaka, newly named winner of the Commonwealth Prize and the DSC South Asian Literature Prize. He is traveling for the U.S. publication of his dazzling debut novel, The Legend of Pradeep Mathew (Graywolf). Narrated by aging sportswriter W.G. Karunasena, it is a rollicking commentary on his lifehis marriage, his grown son, his cronies, his homelandand his obsession with a legendary Sri Lankan bowler and cricket itself. Michael Ondaatje selected this book for a pre-publication prize, and it was just awarded this year's prestigious DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. "There's much to enjoy in Wije's garrulously meandering narrativein the grouchy humour, the laconic observations on Sri Lanka's political tribulations, the pathos of coming to the end of your life only to realize that maybe life does matter and you might have let people down ... A debut bristling with energy and confidence, a quixotic novel that is both an elegy to lost ambitions and a paean to madcap dreams." – The Sunday Times (London). "A crazy, ambidextrous delight." – Michael Ondaatje. Free admission. The reading will take place in the court atrium of the Seattle Asian Art Museum. SAAM is at 1400 East Prospect in Volunteer Park.