The Decatur Book Festival Presents the Literary Fiction Panel: Tiphanie Yanique and Anjali Enjeti discuss their new books, Monster in the Middle: A Novel and The Parted Earth: A Novel. Moderated by Nicole Stamant. Charis is proud to be the bookseller for this event. Monster in the Middle: A Novel is available for pre-order and will also be on-sale at the festival.
About this event:
The 2021 AJC Decatur Book Festival Presented by Emory University is hosting a one-day program with six author events on Saturday, October 2nd. The program will be held at the First Baptist Church of Decatur and live-streamed on the Decatur Book Festival YouTube channel. Tickets are free and open to the public but you must register on Eventbrite. You can choose to register for the in-person or virtual option. If you want to attend in person, note that there is a 300-seat limit. If you know you want to attend virtually only, register for a virtual spot.
About the authors:
Tiphanie Yanique is the author of the award-winning novel Land of Love and Drowning, as well as the poetry collection Wife. Winner of the 2014 Center for Fiction First Novel award, and a National Book Foundation 5 under 35 honoree, she has also received a Rona Jaffe Award and a Fulbright scholarship. Her short fiction has been published in The New Yorker and anthologized in Best American Short Stories 2020. Originally from the Virgin Islands, she now lives in Atlanta, where she is a professor at Emory University.
Anjali Enjeti is a former attorney, journalist, and activist. Her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Paris Review, The Nation, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and elsewhere. She has received awards from the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the South Asian Journalists Association, and fellowships from the Hambidge Center and Sundress Academy of the Arts. Her essay collection about identity and activism is forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press. She teaches creative nonfiction in the MFA program at Reinhart University and lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her family.
About the books:
Vibrant and emotionally riveting, Monster in the Middle moves across decades, from the U.S. to the Virgin Islands to Ghana and back again, to show how one couple’s romance is intrinsically influenced by the family lore and love stories that preceded their own pairing. What challenges and traumas must this new couple inherit, what hopes and ambitions will keep them moving forward? Exploring desire and identity, religion and class, passion and obligation, the novel posits that in order to answer the question “who are we meant to be with?” we must first understand who we are and how we came to be.
The Parted Earth: Spanning more than half a century and cities from New Delhi to Atlanta, Anjali Enjeti's debut is a heartfelt and human portrait of the long shadow of the Partition of India on the lives of three generations of women. The story begins in August 1947. Unrest plagues the streets of New Delhi leading up to the birth of the Muslim majority nation of Pakistan, and the Hindu majority nation of India. Sixteen-year-old Deepa navigates the changing politics of her home, finding solace in messages of intricate origami from her secret boyfriend Amir. Soon Amir flees with his family to Pakistan and a tragedy forces Deepa to leave the subcontinent forever. The story also begins sixty years later and half a world away, in Atlanta. While grieving both a pregnancy loss and the implosion of her marriage, Deepa’s granddaughter Shan begins the search for her estranged grandmother, a prickly woman who had little interest in knowing her. As she pieces together her family history shattered by the Partition, Shan discovers how little she actually knows about the women in her family and what they endured.
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About the moderator:
Nicole Stamant is the Associate Professor and Chair of English at Agnes Scott College. Her work takes as its primary focus historically marginalized populations and historically marginalized forms of literature: Life Writing Studies, ethnic American literatures, and the literatures of gender and sexual minorities. She is the author of Serial Memoir: Archiving American Lives (Palgrave 2014), and her articles about gender, race, ethnicity, trauma, foodways, and identity have appeared in a range of academic journals and edited collections.
The Decatur Book Festival is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 guidelines and is working in alignment with the policies of the First Baptist Church of Decatur. Facemasks may be required. In the event that either the CDC or the First Baptist Church of Decatur advises that in-person events be suspended because of a change in the COVID-19 situation, we will switch to virtual programming. All Eventbrite registrations will work for either the in-person or virtual program on the day of the festival. Those registered for in-person will receive a link to the online presentation.
NAMED A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF FALL 2021 BY:
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“Reveals on every page how love can persevere and take shape over time and space.”—Boston Globe
Spanning more than half a century and cities from New Delhi to Atlanta, Anjali Enjeti's debut is a heartfelt and human portrait of the long shadow of the Partition of India on the lives of three generations of women.