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January 2015

Chennai Launch!

January 13, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Amethyst Wild Garden Cafe Hall, Whites Road, Royapettah
Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600 014 India
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Here is the beautiful cover Westland/Tranquebar has given the Indian edition of my book! It will be launched by Ms. Indrani Krishna Iyer of the Madras Players, at Amethyst Wild Garden Cafe Hall, on Whites Road in Chennai. 6 pm next Tuesday, 13th January--come and bring your friends! 

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Bangalore Launch at Atta Galatta

January 17, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Atta Galatta, 134, KHB Colony, Koramangala
Bangalore, Karnataka 560 095 India
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Such a privilege to have my Bangalore launch in a hip and already legendary venue, the bookstore Atta Galatta. They have led the way in popularizing Indian-language literature, readings and performances in Bangalore. I will be in conversation with Deepthi Talwar, my Indian editor.  

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June 2015

American Launch!

June 3, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Fayetteville Public Library, 401 Mountain Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701 United States
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(Whoops - got so excited about this one that I forgot to advertise it!)   The stellar Fayetteville Public Library will very graciously launch the U.S. edition of The Ever After of Ashwin Rao in their Walker Room. Nightbird Books will have copies for sale!

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July 2015

Indian Summer Festival

July 10, 2015 @ 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St
Vancouver, BC Canada
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An event I've been looking forward to for months: an onstage conversation with Jaspreet Singh and Devyani Saltzman. More details at the Indian Summer website.

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September 2015

Canadian Writers in Person Lecture Series

September 22, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
York University, 206 Accolade West Building
Toronto, ON Canada
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Honoured to be opening this season!   York U says: Hear from some of Canada's finest Get up close and personal with an eclectic group of authors while earning course credit through LA&PS' Canadian Writers in Person (AP/CLTR 1953 6.0A) course. You'll explore the contemporary work of renowned authors, while having the unique opportunity to engage with them in a dialogue about their work. Members of the York community not enrolled in the course can also enjoy the readings, which…

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GritLit Special Event

September 23, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Gallery on the Bay, 231 Bay St N
Hamilton, ON Canada
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$10 – $12

GritLit, Hamilton's excellent literary festival, is hosting a special AI commemorative event, where I will read with Farzana Doctor, whose new novel, All Inclusive, will be published by Dundurn Press this month.

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January 2016

Galle Literary Festival! Workshop: People, Places, Things: Creating Characters from Real-World Observations.

January 14, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Galle Heritage Villa by Jetwing Galle, Sri Lanka + Google Map

Many writers spend long hours contemplating the speech, actions and fates of others. These observations can infuse and inform our fiction in myriad ways. One writer might write a story almost as she or he observed it, changing hardly anything, while another might spin a fiction from a single observed action. Padma Viswanathan, who teaches Creative Writing at the University of Arkansas, will talk about the different ways she has written fiction out of real-world observations, including stories told to…

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Galle Literary Festival! Duet. Omar Musa and Padma Viswanathan on Trauma, Migration and Recovery

January 15, 2016 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Scouts Headquarters Galle, Sri Lanka + Google Map

In this insightful discussion, Musa and Viswanathan look at the effects of migration to the West on both new immigrants and the first generation - the legacy of the lands left and the effect of trauma in shaping the lives of their characters. In Omar Musa’s Here Come the Dogs, Solomon, Jimmy and Aleks are Samoan and Macedonian. Musa is particularly interested in the legacies of war and trauma in the Australian Macedonian community. Padma Viswanathan’s The Ever After of…

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Galle Literary Festival! A Private Affair

January 16, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
TBA Galle, Sri Lanka + Google Map

Join Padma Viswanathan for an intimate lunch in a beautifully restored heritage home.

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Galle Literary Festival, Jaffna! In Conversation: The Toss of a Lemon

January 23, 2016 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Public Library Jaffna, Sri Lanka + Google Map

Viswanathan’s absorbing first novel, based on her grandmother’s life, goes deep into the world of Southern India village life. Starting in 1896, the story follows Sivakami, a Tamil Brahmin girl, who is contracted to be married at the age of 10. Yet her husband, an astrologer, has already predicted his death and, once he dies when Sivakami is 18, she is relentless in her adherence to the traditions that define her Brahmin caste, shaving her head and donning the white…

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