Author Karan Mahajan has been selected to receive the Bard Fiction Prize for his novel The Association of Small Bombs. A finalist for the 2016 National Book Award, Mahajan’s masterful narrative tells the story of two Delhi families ripped apart by a small bombing in a marketplace. Woven around the story of the Khuranas and the Ahmeds is the gripping tale of Shockie, a Kashmiri bomb maker who has forsaken his own life for the independence of his homeland. Mahajan’s residency at Bard College is for the Fall 2017 semester, during which time he will continue his writing, meet informally with students, and give a public reading. 10-24-2016 http://www.bard.edu/news/releases/pr/fstory.php?id=2848 Photo: Molly Winters
On Monday, October 17, celebrated avant-garde fiction writer and literary critic Can Xue will read from her recent work at Bard College. English translations of her fiction include Blue Light in the Sky and Other Stories, Five Spice Street, Vertical Motion, The Last Lover (winner of the Best Translated Book Award), and the forthcoming Frontier. She will be introduced by novelist and Bard literature professor Bradford Morrow. The reading, presented as part of Morrow’s Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading Series and cosponsored by the Bard Program in Written Arts, takes place at 4 p.m. in Weis Cinema at the Bertelsmann Campus Center and will be followed by a Q&A. It is free and open to the public; no reservations are required. 10-07-2016 http://www.bard.edu/news/releases/pr/fstory.php?id=2844
Dinaw Mengestu, professor of written arts and director of the Written Arts Program, has been named to the board of trustees of PEN America. The organization, which works at the intersection of literature and human rights, sought to broaden its leadership and address new challenges to expression with five new appointments to its board. Professor Mengestu is an award-winning Ethiopian-American author of three novels, most recently All Our Names. He joined the Bard faculty this fall. 10-04-2016 https://pen.org/press-release/2016-new-trustees
On Monday, September 26, Andrew Ervin reads from his celebrated first novel, Burning Down George Orwell’s House. Ervin will be introduced by novelist and Bard literature professor Bradford Morrow. The reading, presented as part of Morrow’s Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading Series, takes place at 2:30 p.m. in Weis Cinema, Bertelsmann Campus Center, and will be followed by a Q&A. The event is free and open to the public; no reservations are required. 09-14-2016 http://www.bard.edu/news/releases/pr/fstory.php?id=2835 Photo: Angelica Bautista
Nicole Caso contributed a chapter, “Central American Women’s Literature,” to The Cambridge History of Latin American Women’s Literature, published by Cambridge University Press in November 2015. Distinguished Writer in Residence Teju Cole on the Too-Perfect Picture “How do we know … Continue reading →
Posted on 15 June 2016 | 5:00 am
Neha Jain ’10 is a full-time student at Georgetown University, getting her master’s in PR/Communications. Prior to this, Neha worked at Discovery Communications and REI Systems in various communications coordinator roles. She is also currently working on editing a fantasy … Continue reading →
Posted on 5 June 2014 | 8:51 am
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