Contemporary Indian Fiction

One Monday and three Wednesdays Wednesday, March 23, April 20, and May 4, Noon - 1:30 p.m Monday, April 4, 12:30 - 2 pm | Compass Bank, Second Floor, 2001 Kirby at San Felipe

There has been a burgeoning of fiction by Indian and Indian American authors in the last decade, and this seminar will focus on four exciting books, each very different, in an attempt to analyze what is unique about these writers and their visions. We will discuss Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Interpreter of Maladies; Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things; Manil Suri’s The Death of Vishnu; and Chitra Divakaruni’s Queen of Dreams, in this order.

Chitra Divakaruni is the author of two prize-winning story collections, Arranged Marriage and The Unknown Errors of Our Lives, four volumes of poetry, and the bestselling novels, The Mistress of Spices, Sister of My Heart, and The Vine of Desire. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker and the Atlantic Monthly, among others. Ms. Divakaruni teaches creative writing at the University of Houston.



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If you are interested in traveling with the Houston Seminar to Natchez October 26-29, 2019 you may access the itinerary, trip cost, and registration documents here.

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Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 


Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern on Wednesday, November 14 is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. A second session has been added and will meet Monday, November 12 from 2:00-3:30 P.M. Registrations are being accepted for November 12. You may register online, or by phone.


Who Gets to Vote: Challenges for the 2020 Elections?
Speaker: Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Voter Rights Project
Monday, November 19, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Location to be announced


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