Ambai at the Center for Fiction
September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us in listening to Ambai discuss her forthcoming collection of short stories, A Kitchen in the Corner of the House, with renowned writer Ru Freeman.
C.S. Lakshmi, writing under the pseudonym of Ambai, is a feminist Tamil writer. She was born in 1944 in Tamil Nadu, and grew up in Bangalore and Mumbai. She received her PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her publications include In a Forest, A Deer, Fish in a Dwindling Lake, A Meeting on the Andheri Overbridge, The Purple Sea, and A Night with a Black Spider and articles in newspapers such as The Hindu, The Times of India, and Political Weekly. Her short stories portray the reality of the lives of women, communicating their silence through words. She has worked in research projects such as:The Face Behind the Mask: Women in Tamil Literature. In 1988, Lakshmi founded SPARROW (Sound and Picture Archives for Research on Women) a non-governmental organization for documenting and archiving the work of female writers and artists. She is currently a member of the University of Michigan’s Global Feminisms Project.
Ru Freeman is a Sri Lankan American poet and writer whose work appears internationally and in translation. She is the author of the novels A Disobedient Girl and On Sal Mal Lane, a New York Times Editor’s Choice Book, and the editor of the anthologies Extraordinary Rendition: (American) Writers on Palestine, and Indivisible: Global Leaders on Shared Security. Her short fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in Guernica, Story Quarterly, World Literature Today, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Narrative, and elsewhere. She blogs for the Huffington Post on literature and politics, and her literary criticism and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, The UK Guardian, and the Boston Globe. She teaches creative writing in the MFA Program at Columbia University, and the Disquiet International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal.