Sunday, January 4, 2009

Reading: January 2009

The readers this month are:

Trina Nilina Banerjee & Mariam Karim-Ahlawat

Venue: Crossword Bookstore, ACR Towers,
Ground Floor, 32 Residency Road, Bangalore - 1

Date and time: Thursday, 8 January 2009 at 6.30 pm

Trina Nilina Banerjee is 27 years old. She is a Kolkata -based writer, actor and director. Her poems have been published in, among others, the Quarterly Literary Review Singapore and The Little Magazine. Her first volume of poetry, Inside a Blue Corridor (Writers Workshop) came out in 2001. Her experimental prose writings and short stories have appeared in the literary supplement of The Statesman. An experienced theatre performer, she has also directed several plays. In 2005, Trina’s lead role in Nisshabd (directed by Jahar Kanungo) won her the Best Actress Award at the 7th Osian Film Festival in Delhi. In 2007, Chinese Whispers, a film by Raka Dutta, in which Trina plays a rag-picker, was selected as the only official Indian entry to the Cannes Film Festival. In 2008, she acted in national-award winning director Suman Mukhopadhyay’s film Chaturanga (based on the Tagore novel), where her performance as the silent and oppressed Nanibala was much appreciated by film critics and audiences alike.

Mariam Karim-Ahlawat was educated at the JNU, New Delhi and the Sorbonne, Paris, where she studied French Literature and Pedagogy. Mariam writes fiction for both children and adults. Her first children’s book, Tales Old and New, was published by Harper Collins in 1994. In 2007, Tulika Books published her Putul and the Dolphins in six Indian languages and The King and the Kiang in eight languages. Gulla and the Hangul is scheduled to appear shortly. In 2003, her novel, My Little Boat, published by Penguin India, was nominated for the International IMPAC Award and the Hutch Crossword Award. Over the years, Mariam’s short stories and reviews have appeared in various magazines and journals, most recently in the South Asia Review, USA, and the PEN Anthology of Women Writers, Our Voice, Volume III. Mariam also writes about education and society in a regular column called ‘Guruspeak’ for The Times of India Pluses (north India),

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