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Past Event

Words on Water: Writers in Conversation

Tue Sep 19 2017

Asian Art Museum


6:30 PM – 9 PM

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This event is held at the Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Way NE

Join us for our annual international literary event featuring writers from India and its diaspora alongside Pacific Northwest writers. Hear from diplomat, politician, and award-winning author, Shashi Tharoor in conversation with Anand Yang, Professor and Chair of History, University of Washington. Followed by writer and broadcaster, Kanishk Tharoor in conversation with Nalini Iyer, Professor of English, Seattle University.

About the Presenters

Shashi Tharoor is an award-winning author of 16 books of fiction and non-fiction, a politician and former Under-Secretary General at the UN. Dr. Tharoor’s books include The Great Indian Novel, and the classic India: From Midnight to the Millennium. His latest book Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India was released in 2016.

Dr. Tharoor has won numerous literary awards, including a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Now a second-term member of India’s lower house of Parliament representing Thiruvananthapuram and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, he has served as Minister of State for Human Resource Development and for External Affairs in the Government of India. During his nearly three-decade long career at the United Nations, he served as a peacekeeper, refugee worker, and administrator at the highest levels, serving as Under-Secretary General during Kofi Annan’s leadership.

Kanishk Tharoor is the author of the short story collection Swimmer Among the Stars: Stories. He is the presenter of the BBC radio series “Museum of Lost Objects,” a ten-part BBC radio series on cultural destruction in Iraq and Syria. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The New Yorker, Paris Review, and elsewhere. He is a columnist for the Hindustan Times and the Hindu Business Line.

Presented with Teamwork Arts, the Elliott Bay Book Company, Bellevue Arts Museum, and Tasveer.



$20; SAM members $15
Photo: Amit Dey, courtesy of the author.