October 8-10, 2021
Panels that may be of interest to you:
5:00 PM - 5:50 PM MDT, OCTOBER 08, 2021
Miss Burma and the Names For Light
Charmaine Craig and Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint in conversation with Anindita Ghose
A powerful session weaving together the personal and the political. Academic and writer Charmaine Craig's novel, Miss Burma, vividly intertwines the fate of a country and a family not only by war and revolution but also by desire and loss. Writer Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint's memoir, Names for Light: A Family History, traverses through oral narratives, official, and mythical histories of Myanmar, and binds together three generations of a family and the impact of post colonial violence and racism. In conversation with Anindita Ghose, journalist and author of The Illuminated, which was published in India this summer, they take us on an evocative journey through time, memory and the search for legacy.
4:00 PM - 4:50 PM MDT, OCTOBER 09, 2021
The Secret Keeper of Jaipur
Alka Joshi in conversation with Arsen Kashkashian
Writer Alka Joshi’s latest work, The Secret Keeper of Jaipur, second in the Jaipur trilogy, takes forward the stories of the iconic characters from her bestselling novel, The Henna Artist. Rooted deeply in Rajasthan’s remarkable history and varied traditions, the narrative explores the underbelly of Jaipur city and gives us a gritty look into nuances of class, identity, and deceit. In conversation with Arsen Kashkashian, Joshi takes us on an evocative journey through Lakshmi’s life as she explores the process of giving voice to the silenced.
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM MDT, OCTOBER 09, 2021
Taran N Khan, Christina Lamb, Shazia Haya Ahmadzai and Sanaz Fotouhi in conversation with Pragya Tiwari
A session focused on the severity of navigating and depicting Afghanistan’s conflicted lands as women. Award-winning foreign correspondent and writer Christina Lamb’s Our Bodies, Their Battlefield: What War Does to Women provides harrowing, first-hand accounts of women’s experiences in war zones. She is joined by journalists Shazia Haya Ahmadzai and Taran N. Khan. Ahmadzai's last piece before escaping Kabul addresses the rights and future of Afghan women; Khan’s acclaimed portrait of proscribed spaces, Shadow City: A Woman Walks Kabul, is kindred to author and filmmaker Sanaz Fotouhi’s latest, Love Marriage in Kabul: A Memoir, which details the challenges in making the namesake documentary. In conversation with Festival Co-Director and author William Dalrymple, pioneering voices in the discourse surrounding Afghanistan explore the process of covering the region as women.
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM MDT, OCTOBER 10, 2021
Becoming Ourselves: Journey's of Discovery
Rajiv Mohabir, Samra Zafar, and K Ming-Chang in conversation with Vangmayi Parakala
*Writer's participation is sponsored by the Consul General of Canada in Denver
A session examining the complex nuances of immigrant identity, across the markers of race and culture to explore the intangibles of home. Rajiv Mohabir’s hybrid memoir, Antiman, navigates the fraugh constellations of sexuality, race, and cultural heritage that have created the foundation of his Indo-Guyanese immigrant identity. K-Ming Chang’s lyrical novel, Bestiary, explores three generations of Taiwanese-American women who carry the myths of their homeland within themselves. Samra Zafar’s memoir, A Good Wife: Escaping the Life I Never Chose, follows her journey of escaping an abusive marriage and quest to find herself and pursue her dreams as a culturally isolated immigrant in Canada. In conversation with Vangmayi Parakala, they explore the geographies and multilayered legacies that have formed their lives and quest for home
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM MDT, OCTOBER 10, 2021
The Roots of a Nation
Fali S. Nariman in conversation with Tripurdaman Singh
Celebrated writer, jurist, and former President of the Bar Association of India, Fali S. Nariman is the author of God Save the Hon'ble Supreme Court, The State of the Nation, and his recent Constitution of India, among others. He takes us on a reflective journey through the layers, complexities, and nuances of the document that marked the arrival of the world’s largest democracy. One of the world’s longest and most important political texts, The Constitution was adopted by the Republic of India on 26th January 1950, laying the framework of governance, fundamental rights and civil responsibility that have formed the very roots of India. In conversation with writer and historian Tripurdaman Singh, Nariman speaks of his life experience in law and the Indian Constitution.
And there also is Homi Bhabha on the lure and current compelling status of conspiracy theories; Israeli Gideon Levy and Iranian Ramita Navai on the middle east. Harvard's Vincent Brown on an Atlantic slave war; Current Booker short list finalist Damon Galgut, fabulous novel The Promise, set in South Africa.