A reading from her book COOLIE WOMAN
Gaiutra will have a reading by a professional actor of “Into Dark Waters,” the fourth chapter of her book Coolie Woman on October 10, 2013 at 7:30pm as part of the NJ Literary Artists Fellowship Showcase.
The reading will take place at
in the Chase Room
of the Madison Public Library
39 Keep Street
Madison, NJ 07940
Click here for directions
There is a suggested donation of $10. All tickets will be available at the door on the evening of the readings. No advanced ticket sales.
“Into Dark Waters,” the fourth chapter of the book Coolie Woman, is set in the immigrant depots in Calcutta, where indentured recruits for British sugar plantations across the globe waited for ships that would take them to a new world. It launches my great-grandmother, who sailed from those depots in 1903, four months pregnant and traveling alone, on her journey to British Guiana.
Gaiutra Bahadur is an award-winning journalist and book critic who writes frequently about the culture and politics of global migration. Her reporting, criticism and essays have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Washington Post Book World, The Nation, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The (London) Observer and Ms., among other publications.
She is the author of “Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture,” due out in mid-November from The University of Chicago Press. A former daily newspaper staff writer, Gaiutra has covered schools, police and local government in South Jersey, politics in Texas, post-Sept. 11 hate crimes, race and demographics and the national debate on illegal immigration. She has told the stories of asylum seekers and immigrants in Philadelphia and its suburbs and reported from Baghdad and the U.S.-Mexico border. Born in Guyana, Gaiutra immigrated to the United States at the age of six. She grew up in Jersey City, and her first job in journalism was at her hometown newspaper, The Jersey Journal, where she wrote the “Dear FIXIT” consumer advocacy column. She now lives in Livingston, NJ with her family.
Gaiutra studied literature at Yale and journalism at Columbia and was a 2007-2008 Nieman Fellow at Harvard. In 2013, she won a fellowship from New Jersey State Council on the Arts and a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, the national feminist arts organization. Gaiutra has also written a children’s book about the homeland journeys of President Obama and the writer Amy Tan; “Family Ties” (2012) is part of Scholastic’s “On the Record” nonfiction series for middle-school students.
Recommended Books by Gaiutra:
Her favorite books:
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, by T.S. Eliot
Midnight’s Children, by Salman Rushdie
Speak, Memory, by Vladimir Nabokov
Books that have inspired or influenced her:
In An Antique Land, by Amitav Ghosh
Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves, by Adam Hochschild
Concerning the Bodyguard (short story) by Donald Barthelme; Imaginary Homelands (essay collection), by Salman Rushdie
Books she has used in her research for material she is presenting:
The Swinging Bridge, by Ramabai Espinet
Jahajin, by Peggy Mohan
“Beast” (poem) by Mahadai Das
The Ramayan, by Tulsi Das
A History of the Guyanese Working People, by Walter Rodney Maharani’s Misery, by Verene Shepherd
Books she thinks people should just read:
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal, by Jeanette Winterson
The Known World, by Edward P. Jones
My Own Country, by Abraham Verghese
Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison
Cereus Blooms at Night, Shani Mootoo