Wednesday, June 10, 2009
11:00 AM–11:00 AM Free
An evening of dark and despairing stories set in the legendary Indian capital, featuring contributing writers Meera Nair and Hirsh Sawney and author Pete Hamill. Sawhney is also editor of this collection of short stories, written by some of India’s finest writers, which will be available for purchase at the event well before it hits shelves on August 1. Additional contributors are Irwin Allan Sealy, Omair Ahmad, Radhika Jha, Ruchir Joshi, Nalinaksha Bhattacharya, Siddharth Chowdhury, Mohan Sikka, Palash K. Mehrotra, Hartosh Singh Bal, Hirsh Sawhney, Tabish Khair, Uday Prakash, and Manjula Padmanabhan.
The eyes of the world are gazing at India—the world’s largest democracy—but the books you read about this Asian giant only show part of the picture. Delhi Noir offers bone-chilling, mesmerizing takes on the country’s chaotic capital, a city where opulence and poverty are constantly clashing; where the old-world and the information age wage a constant battle.
Continuing Akashic Books’ acclaimed “Noir” series,Delhi Noir‘sfifteen original stories are written by some of India’s best contemporary writers. They include veteran authors, who have appeared on the Booker Prize short list, as well as budding geniuses, who children will be reading in future English classrooms. Delhi Noir is India uncut, the one you’re missing out on because mainstream publishing houses and glossy magazines can’t stomach it.
Also featuring actors Rita Wolf (My Beautiful Laundrette, Homebody Kabul) and Ajay Naidu (subUrbia, The Guru, Loins of Punjab Presents).
Editor Hirsh Sawhney has written for the Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian, Time Out New York, Outlook, and the Indian Express. He splits his time between Delhi and Brooklyn.