Bright Lines Book Tour: New Orleans W/ J.R. Ramakrishnan

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Join me, debut novelist Tanwi Nandini Islam, the author of BRIGHT LINES, in conversation with J.R. Ramakrishnan at Garden District Book Shop in NOLA. We'll be exploring what author Kiese Laymon calls "a fictive world where race, place, desire, violence and deception beautifully cling to nearly every page, and really every part of her Brooklyn and Bangladesh."

TANWI NANDINI ISLAM is the author of the novel BRIGHT LINES, which is a finalist for the 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Her work has appeared in Elle.com, Fashionista, The Feminist Wire, Hyphen and Open City. She is the founder of Hi Wildflower Botanica, a small-batch candle and perfume line. She lives in Brooklyn.

J.R. RAMAKRISHNAN is the Director of Literary Programs for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. Her journalism has appeared in Style.com, Harper’s Bazaar, Chicago Tribune, and Grazia, amongst other publications. She has also translated for Harper’s Magazine.

Some <3 <3 <3 for BRIGHT LINES:

“A family, blended in unexpectedly compassionate ways, takes you on a tour of Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue, Bangladesh, and all the ways we make our lives more complicated than they ever had to be. For many of Islam's well-crafted characters, home is a place they’ve never actually been, but somehow dream to return to someday.”
—Ashley Ford, Elle.com

“Vivid and captivating. . . . Spell-binding and a page turner. . . . Bright Lines takes place in a Brooklyn that shimmers like a mirage—at once vivid and surreal. . . . A very promising debut that explores family, love, loss, and the painful process of growing up in a way that is both timeless and modern.”
—Emma Cueto, Bustle

“Tanwi Nandini Islam has given Zadie Smith’s White Teeth an American cousin where the characters of Bangladeshi origin are situated in America (Brooklyn to be exact) and not London. It’s a story of immigrants and their children, family secrets, and feeling like a stranger in a place you’re told is home. It’s a damn fine first book–easily one of the best debuts of the year.”
—Jason Diamond, Electric Literature
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