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Chicago Literary Events

Posted by litdaily on February 2, 2011

Since it’s a “snow day” for fellow Chicagoans, I thought I would post some local literary events that might compel us to make plans outside our homes. Even though it’s been such a cold, dismal winter, there have been several interesting literary events and there are more still to come.

On February 17th, Elizabeth Taylor will interview Amy Chua at the Chicago Tribune Tower.

On March 31, Joyce Carol Oates returns to Chicago to discuss her memoir at Harold Washington Library.

For more on these events…>>

I attended the SAJA event last Saturday, which featured a panel of very successful South Asian journalists in the media, such as Ameet Sachdev, Bobby Ghosh, Ravi Baichwal, and S. Mitra Kalita.     In particular, there was one interesting point made about race and occupation. While one panelist said that he didn’t want to be pigeon-holed as the “South Asian” journalist that works on South Asian news, another felt that his identity as “South Asian” helped in getting certain assignments.

For me, it was nice to get out of the world of academia and see how writers in the “real” world engage with the cultural issues that I’m interested in exploring.  But always from behind my desk and from endless piles of theoretical texts.

Kudos to those who can get the stories and bring them to us.  For anyone interested, SAJA has a really interesting set of media covers they’ve archived, which details how South Asia has been imagined in Western media…>>

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