Date & Time
Sunday, March 22, 2020
57th Street Books
Free and open to the public
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
Rashi Rohatgi discusses "Where the Sun Will Rise Tomorrow." She will be joined in conversation by David Boyk. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.
Presented in partnership with University of Chicago Divinity School
At 57th Street Books
About the book: It's 1905, and the Japanese victory over the Russians has shocked the British and their imperial subjects. Sixteen-year-old Leela and her younger sister, Maya, are spurred on to wear homespun to show the British that the Indians won't be oppressed for much longer, either, but when Leela's betrothed, Nash, asks her to circulate a petition amongst her classmates to desegregate the girls' school in Chandrapur, she's wary. She needs to remind Maya that the old ways are not all bad, for soon Maya will have to join her own betrothed and his family in their quiet village. When she discovers that Maya has embarked on a forbidden romance, Leela's response shocks her family, her town, and her country firmly into the new century.
About the author: Rashi Rohatgi is a Divinity School alumna (MA History of Religions 2009) who lives in Arctic Norway, her short fiction and poetry have appeared in A-Minor Magazine, The Misty Review, Anima, Allegro Poetry, Lunar Poetry, and Boston Accent Lit. Her non-fiction and reviews have appeared in The Review Review, Wasafiri, World Literature Today, Africa in Words, The Aerogram, and The Toast. She is a graduate of Bread Loaf Sicily and associate professor of English at Nord University.
About the interlocutor: David Boyk is an assistant professor in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Northwestern University, where he teaches courses in Hindi-Urdu language and literature, and on South Asian literature, film, and history more broadly. He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2015. His research interests include South Asian urban and regional history and the history of Hindi-Urdu language and literature. His forthcoming book, "Urbane Provincials: Intellectuals and the Hinterland in Colonial India," examines Patna, a city in the north Indian region of Bihar. "Urbane Provincials" shows the intimate connection between Patna’s provinciality and its urbanity, and documents how a sophisticated urban world came to be dismissed as merely part of the mofussil, or hinterland.