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Kiran Desai & Anita Desai: Writing Across Generations

Part of Man Booker 50

See Man Booker Prize winner Kiran Desai in candid conversation with her mother, award-winning writer Anita Desai.

In a special public appearance, the acclaimed authors and mother-daughter pair discuss writing across the generations, and how the changing times they live in have shaped their distinctive sensibilities.

Kiran Desai won the Man Booker Prize in 2006 with The Inheritance of Loss, which also won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize. Her first novel, Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard, received the Betty Trask Award. Desai was born in India in 1971, educated in India, England, and the United States, and now lives in New York.

Anita Desai has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize three times: for Clear Light of Day in 1980, for In Custody in 1984 and for Fasting, Feasting in 1999. She has received numerous awards, including the Alberto Moravia Prize for Literature and the Sahitya Akademi Award.

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Purcell Room


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