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Invisible Communities and the Places We Ignore: A Writing Workshop

January 13, 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Join IRIS and the Center for South Asia for a writing workshop with the author of A People’s History of Heaven, Mathangi Subramanian. The author will speak about using fiction and writing to explore gender, religion and culture in India and lead us through a close reading, pre-writing, and writing exercise, all of which will be ready for the classroom!
**Please make sure to sign up on eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/130617158437
“In Heaven, a ramshackle slum in Bangalore, India, five girls forge an unbreakable bond. Muslim, Christian, and Hindu; queer and straight; they love and accept one another unconditionally. When the local government threatens to demolish Heaven to build a shopping mall, the girls and their mothers refuse to be erased. Together they wage war on the bulldozers sent to bury their homes, and, ultimately, on the city that wishes that they would remain hidden forever.”
Teachers should read A People’s History of Heaven before attending this online event.
The novel A People’s History of Heaven was a finalist for the LAMBDA Literary Awards and the PFC – Valley of Words Awards, was long-listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award, and was named a Skipping Stones Honor Book.
The first 40 Wisconsin K-12 public school teachers who register for this event will receive a copy of the book.