New Course – in Greece!

In summer of 2013, Nalini will be teaching a new course for Arcadia University:

Myth & The Art of Storytelling: Reading and Writing in Greece.

We’ll enjoy a literary odyssey, reading literature inspired by Greek myth and history while traveling through those fabled landscapes. The first part of the course will focus on the different ways contemporary authors (in English) draw from Greek myths and epics—through seminar discussions and field trips in Athens as well scheduled excursions to Marathon, Mycenae, Sparta, Delphi, Thessaloniki, and more. Then we’ll spend a week in a creative writing workshop in residence at a beautiful 19th century villa on the island of Aegina.

Students will depart the U.S June 8 and return July 9, 2013. (See dates.)

Open to undergraduates and graduates (and offering credit to both).

Apply now!

Pushcart Prize

“Tiger” has won a Pushcart Prize!

“A Pushcart Prize selection is one of the very best things that could happen to a writer,” noted Charles Wright. The series has published the best of the small presses since 1976. “Tiger” appears in its 37th volume: 2013 Pushcart Prize XXXVII. It was originally published by One Story.

Freud’s Blind Spot

Freud’s Blind Spot: 23 Original Essays on Cherished, Estranged, Lost, Hurtful, Hopeful, Complicated Siblings is published by Free Press. The collection is edited by Elisa Albert (How This Night Is Different, 2006; The Book of Dahlia, 2008), and includes Nalini’s essay “Who Will Save Us Now?” Other contributors are Steve Almond, Daphne Beal, Nat Bennett, Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, James Canon, T Cooper, Lauren Grodstein, Nellie Hermann, Joanna Hershon, Etgar Keret, Victor LaValle, Vestal McIntyre, Jay Baron Nicorvo, Mary Norris, Eric Orner, Peter Orner, Angela Pneuman, Margo Rabb, Edward Schwarzschild, Robert Anthony Siegel, Faith Soloway, Jill Soloway, and Rebecca Wolff.

AIDS Sutra published

AIDS Sutra: Untold Stories from India is published in India (Random House India), the U.K. (Vintage UK), and the United States (Anchor Books), respectively, in collaboration with Avahan, the India AIDS initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Nalini’s essay “Love in the Time of Positives” is the last in a diverse collection of true stories about people affected by the epidemic in India and by the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS. Other contributors include Kiran Desai, Salman Rushdie, Sonia Faleiro, and William Dalrymple. Proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit children affected by HIV/AIDS in India. Click here to read more about it.

What You Call Winter will be published in India

What You Call Winter will be published in India by HarperCollins India! The book has gone to press and should be out by the end of October. Nalini will take a quick trip to India in November and will give at least two readings there, one as part of Celebrate Bandra on November 22, and another with PEN India, currently scheduled for November 19.