Chitra Banerjee DivakaruniPoetry, Fiction
Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20000906, 20000315
The award-winning poet and writer of fiction and creative non-fiction, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, talks about her novel, Sister of My Heart, which delves into the binding relationship between the two main female characters of the book. Winner of the American Book Award in 1996 for her collection of short stories, Arranged Marriage and critical acclaim for her first novel, The Mistress of Spices, Divakaruni once again weaves folklore and folktales into her fiction as she contrasts the cultures of old India with America. She also reads from her poetry and talks about her work with MAITRI, a helpline for South Asian women.
In part one of this conversation, Arab-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye, whose numerous books of poetry, essays and stories have delighted children and adults alike, reads her poem "Famous" that was recently turned into picture book and discusses wh...
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