Monday, March 10, 2014

She Reads South Asia

If you know me, you know I'd decided to spend all of last year discovering Indian authors, because I'd amazingly never got around to reading any. 2013 brought me some of my now favourite writers and books: Vikram Chandra, Amitav Ghosh, Anita Desai. 

When it occurred to me just how unnecessarily judgmental and uninformed I was about South Asian fiction, I also saw many other avid readers who shared my prejudice. After more than a year of reading already popular authors like Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Jhumpa Lahiri to getting to know a whole bunch of promising new writers like Ismita Tandon Dhankher, I've realized I'd been missing out on the most wonderful reads all this while.

                   

Inspired by 2014 being celebrated as the Year of Reading Women and building on the success of the #ReadWomen2014 campaign, SheReads South Asia will reach out to women readers, encouraging them to support, discover and engage with women writers and their works. For readers, this will be a platform to express their views, discover new books and engage with authors. For writers, this is a place to talk about their views, their craft and their books and to engage with their readers.

The She Reads South Asia initiative is a wonderful step in bringing South Asian women writers and readers closer. As a reader, I definitely want be a part of this and so should you! So what can you do? 
  1. You can start by spreading the word on various social media. Like the She Reads South Asia Facebook page. Follow them on Twitter @SheReadsSA
  2. Bloggers: let your readers know about this initiative, encourage them to follow the conversations, join in the effort. Show off these pretty bookmarks on your page!
  3. Read and enjoy South Asian writers, because, after all, that's what this is all about!
Don't forget to subscribe to the She Reads South Asia newsletter for recommendations of must-read South Asian women writers.

6 comments:

beautyisasleepingcat said...

Thanks so much for writing about this. I'm very keen on participating one way or the other.

Priya said...

Hi Caroline, that's great, you can stay informed on the Twitter page. They are supposed to have book discussions, interviews and other ways to participate coming up!

Angela's Anxious Life said...

This is neat. I find myself just sticking to popular books. I have been reading a lot of YA lately and am trying to get back into some adult novels I am missing out on.

Priya said...

Angela - I know, that's what usually happens to me too. But this is a good way to find the great books you're missing, those non-bestsellers right around the corner!

Swathi Shenoy said...

I was pretty much having d same notion till nw! Just picking up popular books of foreign authors, especially vampire fiction novels :-D nw its tym to read sum of d Indian author buks :-)

Priya said...

Hi Swathi, in that case, you should definitely join the event. :)

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