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Amit Chaudhuri: Calcutta: Two Years in the City

ASNC and the Mechanics’ Institute are pleased to host celebrated novelist Amit Chaudhuri, who will talk about his latest work, Calcutta: Two Years in the City, a penetrating memoir of his Indian hometown. He guides us through the city where he was born, the home he loved as a child, the setting of his acclaimed novels—a place he now finds captivating for all the ways it has, and, perhaps more powerfully, has not, changed. Chaudhuri shows us a city relatively untouched by the currents of globalization but possessed of a “self-renewing way of seeing, of inhabiting space, of apprehending life.”

Amit Chaudhuri is Professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of East Anglia in the UK. Calcutta is his newest work and first book of nonfiction. He is also the author of five novels including The Immortals, which was named Best Book of the Year by the New Yorker, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, and Irish Times.

Promotional Co-Sponsors: Mechanics' Institute

Calcutta: Two Years in the City will be available for purchase and signing.

Program Agenda:

5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Registration
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Discussion/Audience Q&A 
7:00 - 7:30 p.m. Book Signing

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Jamie Ford, Songs of Willow Frost, October 16, 2013

Monique Brinson Demery, Finding the Dragon Lady: The Mystery of Madame Nhu, October 24, 2013

Jung Chang, Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China, November 18, 2013


Event Details

Tue 1 Oct 2013
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Mechanics’ Institute
57 Post Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco

FREE for Asia Society/Mechanics’ Institute members; $15 Non-members