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Bard Fiction Prize Winner Karan Mahajan To Give Reading at Bard College on February 20

Jennifer Wai-Lan Huang
huang@bard.edu
02-10-2017
Image Credit: Molly Winters
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Author Karan Mahajan, Bard Fiction Prize winner and writer in residence at Bard College, will read from recent work on Monday, February 20. Free and open to the public, the reading begins at 7 p.m. in the László Z. Bitó ’60 Auditorium in Bard’s Reem-Kayden Center. For more information call 845-758-7087.

Karan Mahajan was born in 1984 and grew up in New Delhi, India. His first novel, Family Planning, was a finalist for the Dylan Thomas Prize and was published in nine countries. His second novel, The Association of Small Bombs, is a finalist for the 2016 National Book Awards. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New Yorker online, the Believer, Paris Review Daily, Bookforum, and on NPR’s All Things Considered. A graduate of Stanford University and the Michener Center for Writers, he lives in Austin, Texas.

The Bard Fiction Prize committee writes, “In a world where terrorism is a persistent, devastating reality, Karan Mahajan’s singular achievement with The Association of Small Bombs is to bring insight and empathy to all sides of the conflict, to the innocent and the perpetrators, their families, their friends. His masterful narrative unfolds with the deaths of two schoolboys who with their companion, Mansoor Ahmed, are running a mundane errand in a Delhi marketplace, when a terrorist bomb is detonated. What follows is an ever-widening, compelling, and intricate story that portrays lives lived, on and off the grid, in the aftermath of this devastating act. The Bard Fiction Prize judges agreed that The Association of Small Bombs is an unusually wise and humane novel and its author, Mahajan, possesses exceptional literary gifts, rich insights into even the most malign of his characters, and a clear-eyed, compassionate vision of this perilous aspect of our times.”

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CAPTION INFO: Author Karan Mahajan, Bard Fiction Prize winner and writer in residence at Bard College, will read from recent work on Monday, February 20.  
PHOTO CREDIT: Molly Winters

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This event was last updated on 02-10-2017