Shobha Rao – An Unrestored Woman
Late Night Debut, hosted by Amber Keller
This month we feature Shobha Rao’s debut short story collection, An Unrestored Woman, published by Flatiron Books. Kirkus Reviews calls it “stunning and relentless,” saying that the stories focus on “how the actions of those in power affect vulnerable women and children on both sides of the divide.”
Act 1: Host Amber Keller covers entertaining book culture news and cool new debuts
Act 2: Kjerstin Johnson and Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt discuss Shobha Rao’s debut
Act 3: Kjerstin Johnson speaks with Shobha Rao about using multiple points of view, tapping into your rage, writing about a time of conflict, and the value of endurance
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ABOUT OUR FEATURED AUTHOR:
Shobha Rao moved to the U.S. from India at the age of seven. She is the winner of the 2014 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction, awarded by Nimrod International Journal. Her story “Kavitha and Mustafa” was chosen by T.C. Boyle for inclusion in the Best American Short Stories 2015. She lives in San Francisco.
ABOUT OUR CO-HOSTS:
Kjerstin Johnson is a writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. She was editor in chief of the magazine Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture and currently is web editor at The Masters Review, a platform for emerging writers. She has a master’s in book publishing from Portland State University, where she currently teaches writing and editing.
Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt is a professor in the department of English and Creative Writing at Linfield College, Oregon. Dutt-Ballerstadt specializes in postcolonial literature and theory, and also coordinates the Gender Studies Program at Linfield. Her book, The Postcolonial Citizen: The Intellectual Migrant was published in 2010.