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A New Race of Men from Heaven: Chaitali Sen in conversation with Soniah Kamal

Event date: 
Thursday, January 26, 2023 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

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Charis welcomes Chaitali Sen in conversation with Soniah Kamal for a celebration of A New Race of Men from Heaven. "The stories in A New Race of Men from Heaven move elegantly between the ache of loneliness and the grace of connection, however fleeting." --Danielle Evans, author of The Office of Historical Corrections

A New Race of Men from Heaven is a collection of stories about characters who wander but are never truly lost. A lonely man on a business trip finds himself in the middle of a search party for a missing boy; a grieving widow leaves India to join family in the United States; a writer finds renewed success when an unknown imposter begins publishing under his identity. In these quiet yet deeply knowing stories of migration, power, and longing, A New Race of Men from Heaven offers us, above all else, stories of enduring love and hope.

Chaitali Sen is the author of the novel The Pathless Sky and the story collection A New Race of Men from Heavenselected by Danielle Evans as the winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize for Short Fiction. Her work has appeared in Boulevard, Catapult, Colorado Review, Ecotone, Los Angeles Review of Books, New England Review, and many other publications. She holds an MFA from Hunter College and lives in Central Texas. 

Soniah Kamal is an award-winning novelist, essayist, and public speaker. Her most recent novel, Unmarriageable: Pride & Prejudice in Pakistan, is a Financial Times Readers’ Best Book of 2019, a 2019 ‘Books All Georgians Should Read,’ a 2020 Georgia Author of the Year for Literary Fiction nominee, is shortlisted for the 2020 Townsend Award for Fiction, is a New York Public Library, an NPR Code Switch 2019 Summer Read Pick and People’s Magazine pick. Soniah’s TEDx talk is about second chances and ‘We are the Ink’, her address at a U.S. Citizenship Oath Ceremony, talks about immigrants and the real American Dreams. Soniah’s work has appeared in critically acclaimed anthologies and publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Buzzfeed, and more. Twitter and Insta @soniahkamal 

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Event address: 
A Charis Hybrid (In-Person + Virtual) Event
184 S. Candler Street
Decatur, GA 30030
A New Race of Men from Heaven (Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction) By Chaitali Sen, Danielle Evans (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Chaitali Sen, Danielle Evans (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781956046021
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sarabande Books - January 17th, 2023

Kirkus Reviews, "Best Fiction Books of the Year"

Kirkus Reviews, "20 Best Books to Read in January"

Kirkus Reviews, "Yes, You Can Read Short Stories in Shuffle Mode"

Book Riot, "15 Excellent 2023 Short Story Collections by Asian Authors"

Unmarriageable: A Novel By Soniah Kamal Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525486480
Published: Ballantine Books - February 4th, 2020

“This inventive retelling of Pride and Prejudice charms.”—People
“A fun, page-turning romp and a thought-provoking look at the class-obsessed strata of Pakistani society.”—NPR

Event Summary: 
"The stories in A New Race of Men from Heaven move elegantly between the ache of loneliness and the grace of connection, however fleeting." --Danielle Evans, author of The Office of Historical Corrections