R231. Writing the South Asian Diaspora in Young Adult Fiction
Thursday, February 9, 2017
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm
Padma Venkatraman is the award-winning author of three critically acclaimed novels (A Time to Dance, Climbing the Stairs, and Island's End) which have garnered twelve starred reviews and won several awards and honors. She has provided keynote addresses, been on panels, and spoken at several conferences.
Sona Charaipotra is a journalist and the cofounder of CAKE Literary, a boutique book packaging company with a decidedly diverse bent. She's the coauthor of the YA dance drama Tiny Pretty Things and its sequel, Shiny Broken Pieces. She's proud to serve as VP of content for We Need Diverse Books.
Nisha Sharma received her MFA from Wilkes University and wrote romances under a pen name before switching to YA. Her debut YA novel, My So-Called Bollywood Life, is forthcoming with optioned movie rights.
Tanaz Bhathena’s short stories have appeared in various journals, including Blackbird, Witness, and Room Magazine. What We Left Behind is her first YA novel.
Rahul Kanakia's first book is a contemporary young adult novel entitled Enter Title Here. He has published short stories in Apex, Clarkesworld, The Indiana Review, and Nature, and holds an MFA in fiction from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars.