Seattle Art Museum, January 19, Sat, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM PST



In this session, the following authors read from their novels and discuss themes of love, separation, racism, and violence in their recent novels.

  • Shobha Rao (India, US): Girls Burn Brighter (2018)

Moderator: Darshana Shanbhag is a lifelong bibliophile and a devotee of the beauty of language. She has been a member of several book clubs and has been with her current fabulous book club for 13 years, avidly discussing works of fiction and nonfiction every month. When she isn’t reading, discussing books, or attending author talks, she practices Internal Medicine here in the Seattle area and has been doing so for more than 18 years. She is a strong supporter of women’s causes and looks forward to moderating this discussion on a book depicting misogyny and feminism in many parts of the world.

  • Chaitali Sen (India, US): The Pathless Sky (2015)

Moderator: S. Charusheela is Professor at the University of Washington, Bothell, where she teaches gender, development, identity, and postcoloniality/globalization in South Asia.  She has served as editor of the journal Rethinking Marxism, as elected member of the Governing Board of the Cultural Studies Association, and elected member the Board of the International Association for Feminist Economics.

  • A K Asif (Pakistan, US): Hell! No Saints in Paradise(2018)

Moderator: Shahina Piyarali is an American-Pakistani writer and reviewer for the Seattle-based publication Shelf Awareness. She is qualified as a barrister in England & Wales, and is an attorney who earned her Juris Doctorate at UW School of Law. Retired from the legal profession, Shahina still deploys her legal training to help non-profits. She is Board President of Tasveer and has served as a Board member of Group Health Foundation, University Preparatory Academy and Laurelhurst Community Club.