Nandana Dev Sen in conversation with Megha Majumdar at Greenlight Bookstore
July 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Join us on Wednesday, July 21st at 6 PM EST for a virtual reading and conversation with Nandana Dev Sen and Megha Majumdar hosted by Greenlight Bookstore! They’ll discuss Nandana’s translation of Acrobat, a collection of 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.
Megha Majumdar is the author of A Burning, a New York Times bestseller and Notable book, nominated for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize, and the American Library Association’s Andrew Carnegie Medal. She was born and raised in Kolkata, India, and now lives in New York City, where she works as an editor at Catapult. A Burning is her first book.
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 Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.