On Monday, May 24th visiting writer Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi read from his latest novel The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay which was nominated for the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize.
Before the reading Shanghvi discussed his upbringing in Bombay and the emphasis on storytelling encouraged by his family members, in particular his mother and grandfather, and the way those experiences continue to inform his work as a writer.
Shanghvi’s debut novel, The Last Song of Dusk, won the Betty Trask Award in the UK, the Premio Grinzane Cavour in Italy, and was nominated for the IMPAC Prize in Ireland. Translated into 12 languages, The Last Song of Dusk was an international bestseller. The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay was just published in Italy and is forthcoming in the United States in Fall 2010.