Third Thursdays & Transnational Series Live: On Poetry and Translation at Brookline Booksmith

On Thursday April 21st at 7pm EDT, Nandana Dev Sen will be reading alongside Jennifer Jean and Alex Braslavsky. Nandana will read from the book Acrobat, by her mother Nabaneeta Dev Sen. The three writers will also engage in a conversation on poetry and translation. You can get a ticket to the event here. The event will also be livestreamed on the Brookline Booksmith YouTube channel.

NABANEETA DEV SEN (1938-2019) remains one of the most beloved and versatile Bengali writers of all time. Equally expressive in poetry and prose, fiction and non-fiction, she has over one hundred books to her credit, including compilations of poems, novels, plays, stories, memoirs, academic essays, children’s literature, political columns, literary translations, and multiple volumes of her collected works.

NANDANA DEV SEN is a writer, actor and child-rights activist. She has starred in 20 feature films, authored six children’s books, translated into more than 15 languages globally, and two collections of her translations of the poetry of her mother, Nabaneeta Dev Sen.

JENNIFER JEAN‘s poetry collections include VOZ, Object Lesson, and The Fool. She has received honors, residencies, and fellowships from the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Her Story Is collective, the Academy of American Poets, the Kolkata International Poetry Festival, and the Women’s Federation for World Peace, among others.

ALEX BRASLAVSKY is a poet, translator, and scholar. She is a doctorate student in the Slavic Department at Harvard University, where she writes scholarship on Russian, Polish, and Czech poetry through a comparative poetics lens.

A conversation with Nandana Dev Sen and Suketu Mehta

On Monday, September 13th at 7pm CDT/ 8pm EST, Brazos Bookstore will host an online conversation with Nandana Dev Sen and Suketu Mehta to discuss Nandana’s translation of her mother Nabaneeta Dev Sen’s collection of poems, Acrobat. More information available here.

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. Nandana is on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter  (all three at Nandana Dev Sen). For news and updates, please swing by

Suketu Mehta is the New York-based author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found, which won the Kiriyama Prize and the Hutch Crossword Award, and was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, the Lettre Ulysses Prize, the BBC4 Samuel Johnson Prize, and the Guardian First Book Award. He has won the Whiting Writers’ Award, the O. Henry Prize, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for his fiction. Mehta’s work has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Granta, Harper’s Magazine, Time, and Newsweek, and has been featured on NPR’s ‘Fresh Air’ and ‘All Things Considered.’

Register for the Zoom event here.