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Amitav Ghosh: Gun Island
Date Tuesday September 17
Time 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Event Type Speaker
Organizer/AuthorKPFA Radio 94.1 FM
Location Details
First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
KPFA Radio 94.1 FM presents

AMITAV GHOSH
Gun Island

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 7:30 PM
First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
Hosted by: Vijaya Nagarajan

advance tickets: $12: T: 800-838-3006 or Pegasus Books (3 sites), Moe's, Books Inc (Berkeley), Walden Pond Bookstore, East Bay Books, Mrs. Dalloway's $15 door, benefits KPFA Radio 94.1FM

Gun Island is a globetrotting, folkloric adventure novel about family, beautifully written, that tells the story of a world on the brink, of increasing displacement and unstoppable transition. It is exactly what is needed. It is also a story of hope, of a man whose faith in the world and the future is restored by two remarkable women.

Amitav Ghosh, an Indian writer and winner of the 54th Jnanpith Award, is the author of the bestselling Ibis Trilogy, which includes Sea of Poppies (short-listed for the 2008 Man Booker Prize), River of Smoke, and Flood of Fire. Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellow, in 1999 Ghosh joined the faculty at Queens College, City University of New York as Distinguished Professor in Comparative literature. Ghosh's notable non-fiction writings are In an Antique Land (1992), Dancing in Cambodia and at Large in Burma (1998), Countdown (1999), and The Imam and the Indian (2002, a large collection of essays on different themes such as fundamentalism, history of the novel, Egyptian culture, and literature). His most-recent non-fiction book The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable (2016) bravely addresses why modern literature has failed to address issues of climate change, and how radical transformation due to nature has become 'unthinkable'.

Vijaya Nagarajan, an Associate Professor in the Department of Theology/Religious Studies and in the Program of Environmental Studies at the University of San Francisco, writes about Hinduism, gender, ritual, ecology and the commons.

$12 advance, $15 door.

Added to the calendar on Friday Aug 30th, 2019 1:20 PM

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