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Nandana Dev Sen in conversation with David Ouimet at Community Bookstore

July 13 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us on Tuesday, July 13th at 7:30 PM EST for a virtual reading and conversation with Nandana Dev Sen and David Ouimet hosted by Community Bookstore! They’ll discuss Acrobat, a collection of Nandana Dev Sen’s translations of her mother, Nabaneeta Dev Sen’s poems, published on May 11th.

Acrobat is a radiant collection of poetry about womanhood, intimacy, and the body politic that together evokes the arc of an ordinary life. Nabaneeta Dev Sen’s rhythmic lines explore the joys and agonies of first love, childbirth, and decay with a restless, tactile imagination, both picking apart and celebrating the rituals that make us human. When she warns, “know that blood can be easily drawn by lips,” her words tune to the fierce and biting depths of language, to the “treachery that lingers on tongue tips.” At once compassionate and unsparing, conversational and symphonic, these poems tell of a rope shivering beneath an acrobat’s nimble feet or of a twisted, blood-soaked umbilical cord – they pluck the invisible threads that bind us together.

David Ouimet is the author and illustrator of the award-winning Children’s book I Go Quiet, and the forthcoming companion, I Get LoudI Go Quiet was the winner of the 2020 East Sussex Children’s Book Award, and has been shortlisted for the 2021 Kate Greenaway Medal. An artist and musician, Ouimet is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and his work has been featured on album covers, books, and magazines, and has been exhibited at the Museum of American Illustration. He has scored music for film, recorded and appeared on numerous records, and performed throughout the world.

Nandana Dev Sen is a writer, actor, and child-rights activist. She has written six children’s books (translated into more than 15 languages globally), and starred in 20 feature films (from four continents, in numerous languages). She has represented UNICEF, RAHI and the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights to fight against child abuse, and to end human trafficking. Winner of the Last Girl Champion Award (and multiple Best Actress Awards), Nandana is Child Protection Ambassador for Save the Children India and is active on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.


July 13
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm