Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: Oleander Girl
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author, poet and teacher. Her themes include women, immigration, the South Asian experience, history, myth, magical realism and diversity.
She writes for adults and children. Her books have been translated into 29 languages, including Dutch, Hebrew, Russian and Japanese. Two novels, The Mistress of Spices and Sister of My Heart, have been made into films. Her collection of short stories, Arranged Marriage, won an American Book Award. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of Houston.
Recently, she published her latest novel, Oleander Girl as well as her first children’s book Grandma and the Great Gourd (a Bengali folk tale that Chitra grew up hearing). While she was on tour, she stopped by our KBOO studio to chat with me for APA Compass about negotiating traditions and modernity in India, navigating India and Manhattan in a post 9/11 world, and Chitra’s strong female characters in her stories.
It was a privilege to meet and interview one of my favorite writers!
Air date: 6/7/2013:
You can access a transcript here: APACompass_Chitra_transcript