Category Archives: Appearances

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

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


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


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.

South Asian Literary and Theater Arts Festival

Thanks to the diligent reader who noted that I hadn’t put my reading tomorrow up here! I’m psyched to be reading at one of my favorite childhood haunts–the National Museum of Natural History, at SALTAF, courtesy of NETSAP-DC.

I get to read with Manil Suri and Tahmima Anam again, and I’m also excited to meet Naeem Murr, who wrote A Perfect Man, a book I read earlier this year and enjoyed immensely.

Reception for the South Asian Literary and Theater Arts Festival
Friday, November 14, 2008
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Pasha Lounge
2147 P Street NW

The South Asian Literary and Theater Arts Festival
Saturday, November 15, 2008
10:00am – 5:30pm
National Museum of Natural History – Baird Auditorium
10th St and Constitution Ave, NW

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Bethesda Magazine, Italian TV

The latest issue of Bethesda Magazine has a story about me and Becca. It isn’t available online, so head to newsstands if you want to read!

Also, I just found the link to the interview I did with three other South Asian authors for Italian Web/TV while I was in Torino. You can watch that here. Don’t be thrown by the Italian if you don’t speak it—it switches to English!