Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Aatish Taseer & Karan Mahajan – The Tyranny of Place: A Conversation

Friday, September 20, 2019

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

McKinney Conference Room, 111 Thayer Street

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Aatish Taseer was born in 1980. He is the author of the memoir Stranger to History and three acclaimed novels: The Way Things Were, The Temple-Goers and Noon. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. He is a contributing writer for The New York Times and is, most recently, the author of The Twice-Born: Life and Death on the Ganges. He lives in New York.

Karan Mahajan is assistant professor of Literary Arts at Brown University. He was recently a fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. He is also the recipient of the 2019 Jeannette Haien Ballard Writer's Prize, "awarded annually to young writers of proven excellence in poetry or prose." Karan grew up in New Delhi, India and moved to the US for college. His first novel, Family Planning (2008), was a finalist for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. It was published in nine countries. His second novel, The Association of Small Bombs (2016), was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Awards and was named one of the "10 Best Books of 2016" by The New York Times. Karan's writing has appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker Online, The New Republic and other venues.

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