Join debut novelists Tanwi Nandini Islam (Bright Lines) and Angela Flournoy (The Turner House) as they discuss notions of family, home, displacement, loss, and belonging to multiple geographies. The conversation will cover the ways in which the authors are navigating these themes through their literature.
About the Authors
Tanwi Nandini Islam is the author of BRIGHT LINES (Penguin 2015), shortlisted for the Center For Fiction’s 2015 First Novel Prize. She is the founder of Hi Wildflower Botanica, a small-batch niche perfume, candle and skincare line. Her writing has appeared in Elle.com, Fashionista.com, Open City, Women 2.0, Billboard.com and Gawker. A graduate of Brooklyn College MFA and Vassar College, she lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Angela Flournoy is the author of The Turner House, which is long-listed for the National Book Award, a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, a Summer 2015 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, a May 2015 Indie Next pick and a New York TimesSunday Book Review Editors’ Choice. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New York Times, The New Republic and The Los Angeles Times.
A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Flournoy received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California. She has taught at the University of Iowa and The Writer’s Foundry at St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn. She is joining the faculty at Southern New Hampshire University’s low-residency MFA program in Spring 2016.
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