South Haven by Hirsh Sawhney
Siddharth Arora lives an ordinary life in the New England suburb of South Haven, but his childhood comes to a grinding halt when his mother dies in a car accident. Siddharth soon gravitates toward a group of adolescent bullies, drinking and smoking instead of drawing and swimming. He takes great pains to care for his depressive father, Mohan Lal, an immigrant who finds solace in the hateful Hindu fundamentalism of his homeland and cheers on Indian fanatics who murder innocent Muslims. When a new woman enters their lives, Siddharth and his father have a chance at a fresh start. They form a new family, hoping to leave their pain behind them.
South Haven is no simple coming-of-age tale or hero’s journey, blurring the line between victim and victimizer and asking readers to contend with the lies we tell ourselves as we grieve and survive. Following in the tradition of narratives by Edwidge Danticat and Junot Díaz, Sawhney draws upon the measured lyricism of postcolonial writers like Michael Ondaatje but brings to his subjects distinctly American irreverence and humor.
HIRSH SAWHNEY’s writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement, the Financial Times, Outlook, and numerous other periodicals. He is the editor of Delhi Noir, a critically acclaimed anthology of original fiction, and is on the advisory board of Wasafiri, a London-based journal of international literature. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut, and teaches at Wesleyan University. South Haven is his debut novel.
Family Life by Akhil Sharma
Hailed as a "supreme storyteller" (Philadelphia Inquirer) for his "cunning, dismaying and beautifully conceived" fiction (New York Times), Akhil Sharma is possessed of a narrative voice "as hypnotic as those found in the pages of Dostoyevsky" (The Nation). In his highly anticipated second novel, Family Life, he delivers a story of astonishing intensity and emotional precision.
We meet the Mishra family in Delhi in 1978, where eight-year-old Ajay and his older brother Birju play cricket in the streets, waiting for the day when their plane tickets will arrive and they and their mother can fly across the world and join their father in America. America to the Mishras is, indeed, everything they could have imagined and more: when automatic glass doors open before them, they feel that surely they must have been mistaken for somebody important. Pressing an elevator button and the elevator closing its doors and rising, they have a feeling of power at the fact that the elevator is obeying them. Life is extraordinary until tragedy strikes, leaving one brother severely brain-damaged and the other lost and virtually orphaned in a strange land. Ajay, the family’s younger son, prays to a God he envisions as Superman, longing to find his place amid the ruins of his family’s new life.
Heart-wrenching and darkly funny, Family Life is a universal story of a boy torn between duty and his own survival.
AKHIL SHARMA is the author of An Obedient Father, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Best American Short Stories, and O. Henry Award Stories. A native of Delhi, he lives in New York City and is an assistant professor of English at Rutgers University, Newark.
About the Moderator:
MYTHILI RAO is a producer at WNYC radio. Her book reviews, essays, and reporting have also appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The Daily Beast, Words Without Borders, and other publications. She previously served on SAJA's Board.
Time Inc. Mixer and Panel Discussion: Election 2016
Truth, Trust, and the Role of the Press in American Politics
Is the media fairly covering the Clinton and Trump campaigns? How should news organizations handle extremist views?
Join us as we team up with Time Inc./A3 Asian American Association of Time Inc. and AAJA-NY with a panel discussion on the 2016 Presidential Election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
The panelists will include journalists who will talk about their experiences while covering the candidates on their campaign trail. The panel will also be open to the audience for questions and healthy discussions on how the media is currently covering this crucial election.
The event will take place at Time Inc.’s new headquarters in downtown Manhattan.
Come before the panel and join us for an open bar (wine & beer) and appetizers media mixer on the Time Inc. patio which has a great sunset view of the Hudson River.
Also, Time Inc. human resources representatives and hiring managers will be present at the networking mixer.
$20 for SAJA Members/$35 for Non-Members
6pm-7:15pm- Open bar (wine & beer) media mixer on the patio
7:30pm-9pm - Panel Discussion
Location: Time Inc. Headquarters
225 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10281
Our confirmed speakers are below. We plan to add more to the panel in the coming weeks.
Xuan Thai - NBC News Political Producer
Xuan Thai is a producer for NBC News out of the Miami Bureau, covering stories in the Southeastern United States and Latin America. Prior to her move to Miami, she was a producer for MSNBC's The Last Word w/ Lawrence O'Donnell and The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd.
She was also a producer for CNN's congressional unit, responsible for covering the activities of both the U.S. House and Senate, as well as a CNN White House producer, where she reported on the last years of George W. Bush administration and the first term of the Obama administration. She helped launch CNN's Political Ticker, the most read political blog in the world. She also worked for CNBC covering the 2004 presidential election, the distressed airline industry, and the looming housing crisis. Before pursuing a career in journalism, she was a federal litigator, representing U.S. interests in federal court.
Sharaf Mowjood - Huffington Post Senior Political Video Producer
Sharaf Mowjood is a senior producer for political video at the Huffington Post. His work covers editorial videos for politics and all digital verticals at the Huffington Post, ranging from breaking news coverage to long form videos.
Before the Huffington Post Mowjood was a field producer at NBC News. He was on the campaign trail covering Donald Trump's Presidential run for Nightly News with Lester Holt, TODAY, MSNBC and nbcnews.com
Mowjood is also a former SAJA President and current board member.
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