On Sunday, February 26 the Main Library will hosting an author program featuring Bay Area novelists Vanessa Hua, Shanthi Sekaran, and Ali Eteraz, who all have new books out. They’ll be here to talk about and read from them with us.
Shanthi Sekaran’s new novel, Lucky Boy, concerns two women, one Indian-American, the other undocumented and from Mexico, and their love for the same baby boy. Infertility, adoption, and the rights of the undocumented are highlighted in this insightful story. Sekaran is also the author of 2008’s The Prayer Room.
Ali Eteraz is the author of the 2016 novel Native Believer and the 2009 memoir Children of Dust. Native Believer tells the story of M., an American-born, secular Muslim, who tries to establish himself as a unitary individual, undefined by group identity. Kirkus Reviews describes Native Believer as “a provocative and very funny exploration of Muslim identity in America today.”
Our third author is Vanessa Hua, author of the short story collection Deceit and Other Possibilities. Ms. Hua is also a weekly columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. She was also featured in a recent article about her book group, the Karaoke Book Club.
As if we weren’t thrilled enough about this program, last week we got the exciting news that Ms. Hua has won the 2016-2017 Asian/Pacific American Literature Award for Deceit and Other Possibilities.
Here’s what the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association had to say:
"In Vanessa Hua’s thought provoking literary debut, the author delves into the complex experiences of immigrants in ten unique stories written over the span of more than a decade. The author creates a sense of empathy for the characters as they navigate the inter-sectionality of their identities. Hua has a way with words that allow the reader into the lives of her characters and allows us to explore the struggle of one’s identity, choice, and the idea of otherness."