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Amitava Kumar in Conversation
The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. West
Includes reserved, best in-house seating, a signed copy of Immigrant, Montana, a pre-event reception with the author, and a tax receipt for the maximum allowable amount.
The Koffler Centre of the Arts' 2019 Books & Ideas Series continues with award-winning author and journalist Amitava Kumar, in conversation with award-winning novelist and visual artist, Shani Mootoo.
Award-winning writer and journalist Amitava Kumar is the author of several books of non-fiction, poetry, and his most recent novel, Immigrant, Montana — one of President Obama’s favourite books of 2018. Immigrant, Montana was also selected by the New York Times and the New Yorker as one of the top titles of the past year. Born in Ara, India, Kumar grew up in the nearby town of Patna, famous for its corruption, crushing poverty, and delicious mangoes. He lives in Poughkeepsie, in upstate New York, where he is Helen D. Lockwood Professor of English at Vassar College. In 2016, Amitava Kumar was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as a Ford Fellowship in Literature from United States Artists.
Shani Mootoo was born in Ireland, grew up in Trinidad and is the author of several award-winning novels, including Cereus Blooms at Night, He Drown She in the Sea and Valmiki’s Daughter. Also a visual artist, Mootoo's work has been exhibited internationally. She lives in Southern Ontario.
“As cerebral as it is sensual... Immigrant, Montana is intelligent, melancholy, quirky.” — Boston Globe
Presented as part of the Koffler Centre of the Arts 2019 Books & Ideas Series, generously supported by Media Partner, the Toronto Star. 2019 Books & Ideas Series is presented in partnership with Ben McNally Books