The Mumbai Lit Festival : Panel Discussion with Benjamin Law & Minal Hajratwala

Tata Literature Fest! The Mumbai Lit Festival presents to you Panel Discussion with Benjamin Law and Minal Hajratwala facilitated by Parmesh Shahani.

Date: Sunday, November 4, 2012
Time: 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm 
Venue: The Experimental Theater, NCPA, Nariman Point. Mumbai

About the Panelists:

Benjamin Law is a Brisbane-based writer and a frequent contributor to frankie, The Monthly, Qweekend and Good Weekend. He has written for over 50 Australian and international publications (including The Australian Financial Review, The Big Issue, Smith Journal, Sunday Life, Crikey and Travel and Leisure: South East Asia) and has been anthologised in The Best Australian Essays twice. His debut book The Family Law (2010) was shortlisted for Book of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs). Gaysia, his second book, is out now.

Minal Hajratwala is the author of Leaving India: My Family’s Journey From Five Villages to Five Continents (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Westland Tranquebar, 2009), which was called “incomparable” by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author Alice Walker and “searingly honest” by The Washington Post.
The book won a Pen USA Award, an Asian American Writers Workshop Award, a Lambda Literary Award, and a California Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Saroyan International Writing Prize. She spent the 2010-2011 academic year in Mumbai as a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar researching a novel, while also writing poems about the unicorns of the ancient Indus Valley.
She is a writing coach, and her own creative work has received numerous awards and recognitions. Her solo performance show, “Avatars: Gods for a New Millennium,” was commissioned by the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco for World AIDS Day in 1999. As a journalist, she worked for eight years at the San Jose Mercury News, the newspaper of Silicon Valley, and was a National Arts Journalism Program fellow at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She is a graduate of Stanford University. She lives in Bangalore and San Francisco.
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