Still Blogging, Elsewhere 'n' Updates

Hi folks,

I’m still blogging over at Sepia Mutiny! Just a reminder to look for me there.

You can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter.

The articles page has been updated with some new fiction and blog posts. Check it out!

Thanks to my friend Nila, who made the FB page. And congratulations to my friend Minal Hajratwala, who just won a Lambda Literary Award for her terrific book Leaving India. Find her here.

Happy summer reading!

What I'm Reading

I’m up over at Campaign for the American Reader. Permalink at Writers Read is here.

Thanks to Marshal Zeringue!

Kriti / SAJA Webcast (Or, In Other Words, Miscellaneous Updates)

Blogged about Kriti for Sepia Mutiny. Read here.

Interviewed a member of University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna) about their new report, which focuses on the final two months of the war in Sri Lanka, and in particular, its ramifications for civilians. Listen to SAJA webcast here (follow links). Apologies for technological difficulties… unexpectedly ran tech for the show, which I had never done before.

Reading and on a panel myself, shortly… so off I go.

The Future of Sri Lanka

The world, it is a different place. Come talk about it.

A Discussion on the Diaspora
and Political Engagement in the Post-War Era

With the military conflict between the Sri Lankan state and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) over, much post-war discussion concerns the future of the country’s Tamil citizens. As international furor grows over the 250,000+ internally displaced people in government camps in the country’s north, the question remains: what is the path forward for minorities in the Sri Lanka? Protests by the Tamil diaspora show that many abroad still see militarism and secession as necessary to meet the aspirations of Tamils in Sri Lanka. The presentations and discussion will attempt to open up debates about the political future of Sri Lanka’s minority citizens.

With Presentations By:

Varuni Thiruchelvam, cello

Sashi Selvendran / Lanka Solidarity

reading by V. V. Ganeshananthan / Lanka Solidarity
Author of “Love Marriage”

Ahilan Kadirgamar, Sri Lanka Democracy Forum (SLDF)

Moderated By:
Cenan Pirani / Lanka Solidarity

Saturday, May 23th 2009 | 6:00PM
Alwan for the Arts
16 Beaver Street
4th Floor New York, NY 10004

http://www.alwanforthearts.org

Directions: Alwan is located in the Financial District between Broadway & Broad St
Subway: 4,5 Bowling Green / R,W Whitehall / 2,3 Wall Street/ J,M Broad Street / 1,9 South Ferry

Updates!

New stuff on the Articles page (Sepia posts), as well as on the Reviews page (an article by Smriti Daniel, whom I spoke to when I was in Sri Lanka for the Galle Literary Festival).

Also: a discussion I moderated at the Asia Society, in New York. Full video is online… see here for Sri Lanka at a Crossroads: Humanitarian Crisis Looms as Government Forces Approach Victory.

Prairie Lights Tonight; Grinnell on Thursday

I’m excited to be reading in Iowa this week—at Prairie Lights tonight and at Grinnell College, with Saadi Simawe, on Thursday. Details of the PL reading tonight are below (the previous post) and the Grinnell reading is in the Rosenfield Center, Room 101, at 8 p.m. on Thursday evening.

Also, I just added a review to my reviews page! See a take on Love Marriage by Charles Sarvan, writing for Confluence magazine.

In Iowa City

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I am reading at one of my favorite bookstores in the world tomorrow: the estimable Prairie Lights, where I spent many hours as a graduate student. 7:30 p.m. Awesome! In fact, the state of Iowa is awesome. If you have any doubts about this, look at the photo above. That’s a rally in Iowa City, following the state Supreme Court’s decision that gay marriage will become legal here.

Thanks to my pal Laura for the photo.

News, Belatedly

Love Marriage made the Orange Prize longlist! And it’s in great company.

Head to Galle!

I am.

Interestingly, the article describes me as an expatriate. That’s not true, although I would be proud if it were—I think immigration takes a special brand of courage. That said, I was born American. And am equally happy with that!

Wub. Twue Wub.

(The Princess Bride is one of my all-time favorite movies.)

Anywho, I saw this recent post from Matt Ruff, which reminded me that I had contributed to Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak: by Writers Famous and Obscure. Book’s out… now. I’ve got to get a copy! You should too ;)

(Thanks for the compliment, Matt! I like his submission as well, and not just for reasons of reciprocal politeness. I’m a sucker for superhero references.

Thanks also to Jennifer 8. Lee of The Fortune Cookie Chronicles for telling me about the project.)