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Join us for another event in our Contemporary Author series. What is the value of looking back into our histories, personal, tribal, national and gendered? What can we learn from the past that is relevant to our lives today? In discussing her newest book, The Last Queen, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni will point to how the life of a mostly-forgotten queen, Rani Jindan, the daughter of a dog-trainer, who rose unexpectedly to become royalty and battled the British until her last days, can inspire and caution us.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Photo credit: Krishna Giri.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author, poet, activist and teacher. She is the author of 20 books, many based on her Indian heritage and background. Two books, The Mistress of Spices and Sister of My Heart, have been made into movies. The Last Queen received the Times of India Best Fiction Award and the Best Book Award from The International Association of Working Women in 2022. Her work has been published in over 100 magazines and anthologies and translated into 29 languages. She wrote the libretto for the opera River of Light, which has been performed by the Houston Grand Opera and Festival Opera in the San Francisco area. Divakaruni is the McDavid Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Houston.
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