Arundhati Roy with Nick Estes
We are excited and most grateful to help present this publication day program with one of the most essential, vital, eloquent writers of our time, Arundhati Roy. This program, which will be streamed everywhere by way of our friends, and her publisher, at Haymarket Books, airing in Seattle at 9 a.m. and at 9:30 p.m. in Delhi (where we believe she will be), is occasioned by publication of Arundhati Roy’s powerful, timely new book of essays, Azadi: Freedom. Facism. Fiction. In so doing, it connects Arundhati Roy to a Seattle that was perhaps the first place in the US to embrace her debut book, The God of Small Things, before the acclaim and adulation (including the Booker Prize), that would come. And has similarly taken her books and Seattle visits to heart over the years since, most recently when she visited for her brilliant second novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. She is to be joined in conversation by another who came to Elliott Bay with his first book, author/professor/activist Nick Estes. A citizen of the Lower Bruhle Sioux Tribe, a professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico, co-founder of The Red Nation, he is author of Our History is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance and co-editor of Standing with Standing Rock: Voices from the #NoDAPL Movement.
Azadi’s piercing, bracing new essays, come after the publication of last year’s volume of Arundhati Roy’s collected non-fiction, My Seditious Heart, an incredible collection twenty years in the writing. The new book tellingly gives us the horror of the times we are in, with authoritarian grabs for power, with the planet evermore in peril, up to and including the Coronavirus and its coming upon the world. It also gives voice to beauty, resistance, possibility, persistence, in ways both intimate and vast.
"Roy’s ... nonfictional engagement with the conflicts and traumas of a heedlessly globalized world has manifested the virtues of an unflinching emotional as well as political intelligence.... In an age of intellectual logrolling and mass-manufactured infotainment, she continues to offer bracing ways of seeing, thinking and feeling."—Pankaj Mishra.
"No writer today, in India or anywhere in the world, writes with the kind of beautiful, piercing prose in defense of the wretched of the earth that Roy does.... Roy the essayist embodies the legalistic but humanistic ruthlessness of a public defender, the wit and wordplay of a poet, a comrade who takes no injustice as a given."—Jacobin.
This program is co-presented by Seattle-based Tasveer (www.tasveer.org) as part of TSAL: Tasveer South Asian Litfest (October 18-24).
Please join us!