My Personal 100 days: Update & Upcoming Events

Day 57 after the release of Leaving India … Time to reflect on what’s happened and what’s yet to come!  I’ve toured in DC, NY, LA, and the SF Bay Area, as well as a few other spots. I’ve been thrilled with the media coverage and great reviews, learned all about Facebook and Twitter, and reached the San Francisco Chronicle review‘s Top 10 weekly bestseller list twice. More exciting events are coming up this weekend and beyond in San Francisco, as well as broadcasts in Portland and New York. Hope to see some of you!

May/June events

5/1/09 Radio: KBOO Portland, “Angry APA Minute”

APA Compass is the Pacific Northwest’s only Asian Pacific American public affairs program. They kindly invited me to do their “Angry APA Minute” segment! It’s a brief radio essay/rant reflecting, with some humor I hope, on the recent debacle.
When: Friday, May 1, 9:00-10:00am PST (my piece will air in the last 10 minutes, approx. 9:50am).
Where: Portland radio, or online
Contact: Listen in the Portland area at 90.7 FM, live stream at or on Facebook, or listen later at

5/2/09 Berkeley: Queer & Asian conference

I’ll be the featured reader at the closing event of UC-Berkeley’s Queer & Asian storytelling conference, “Articulation: Animating Our Collective Autobiography.” Check out the website for an exciting day of workshops and stories.
When: Saturday, May 2, 2009, 4:45pm-5:30pm
Where: MLK Student Union, UC Berkeley Campus, 2100 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA
Free and open to all.

5/3/09 San Francisco: K’Vetsh reading

I’ll be a featured reader, along with Courtney Trouble, at the K’Vetsh Queer Open Mic, one of the longest running queer open mics in SF, located at the fabulous, scandalous, and intimate EROS Lounge.
When: Sunday, May 3, 2009, 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Where: K’Vetsh at EROS Lounge, 2051 Market at Church, San Francisco, CA
Contact: 415-255-4921
Free. All genders ages 18+ welcome.

5/3/09 New York: “Shabd Star” tv show

If you’re in NY check out my interview with Ashok Vyas of ITV in “Shabd Star,” a literary program (20 minutes).
When: Sunday, May 3, 2009, 3:30pm, AND rebroadcast Friday, May 8, 2009, 2:00pm
Where: In Manhattan/Queens, Time Warner cable channels 77 and 501. In the Bronx, Cablevision.

5/28/09 San Francisco: Modern Times Bookstore

I’m very excited to be invited to San Francisco’s independent collective-owned bookstore. Reading, q&a, and book signing. Please come by!
When: Thursday, May 28, 2009, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Where: Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Contact: 415-282-9246,

6/10-6/14/09 Chicago: Kriti Festival

Kriti Festival logo

When: June 10-14, 2009
Register now and save:  Only $40 if you sign up before May 1 for an entire weekend of readings, workshops, and panels with Amitava Kumar, Bapsi Sidhwa, Romesh Gunesekera, and many other amazing writers of South Asian origin.


I always post the latest details on my Events page, or you can view as Google calendar or as Facebook events. Thanks for reading!

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