Thursday, February 14, 2013

Mridula Koshy and Nisha Susan: Reading Fiction

Toto Funds the Arts
in association with
The British Council Library

is pleased to invite you to a reading of

Mridula Koshy’s Not Only the Things that Have Happened

She will be in conversation with Nisha Susan, who will also read from her short story ‘The Gentle Reader’

Date and Time:  Saturday, 23 February 2013, 6.30 p.m.
Venue:  The British Library, Prestige Takt, 23 Kasturba Road Cross, Bangalore

Fiction writer Mridula Koshy’s first collection of short stories If It Is Sweet (Tranquebar Press, 2009; Brass Monkey, 2011) won the 2009 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize and was shortlisted for the 2009 Vodafone Crossword Book Award.  Not Only the Things That Have Happened is her first novel. She lives in New Delhi and Portland, Oregon.

Winner of the very first TOTO award for creative writing (2006), Nisha Susan is a writer and journalist. She was Features Editor at Tehelka magazine in Delhi. Before journalism, she lived the NGO life in Bangalore for five years. She is currently working on a novel and a book on Malayali nurses. Also a poet and short fiction writer, Susan’s works have been published in various anthologies and journals.

About Not Only the Things That Have Happened
A woman relinquishes her four-year-old son to tourists passing through town; losing him, she loses the story of her future. A world away from her, the boy becomes a man without the story of his past. Not Only the Things That Have Happened is the story of how we remember and forget. It is about stories that make us and break us and remake us.

“Intimate, epic, haunting …”                   ––Jeet Thayil

“A walk through the cellars of memory and a distressing exposure of the institutions we must depend on.”                                        –– Annie Zaidi

“It is a remarkably self-assured work, and it feels slightly humbling to be in the presence of a literary talent like this.”                               –– India Today

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