We are pleased to announce our Guests of Honor for the 2014 Kriti Festival:
- Author Guest of Honor: Manil Suri
- Editor Guest of Honor: Anjali Singh
- Agent Guest of Honor: Anna Ghosh
Manil Suri was raised in Mumbai, India, and now lives in Silver Spring, MD. His first novel, The Death of Vishnu (2001), won the Barnes and Noble Discover Prize, was a finalist for the Pen-Faulkner, Kiriyama and Pen-Hemingway awards, and on the long list for the Booker Prize. His second novel, The Age of Shiva (2008), was listed as one of the best 25 books of the decade by the website Contemporary Literature on About.com. His third novel, The City of Devi (2013) was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards and won a Bisexual Book Award. The three novels form a trilogy based on the trinity of Hindu gods Vishnu, Shiva, Devi, and correspond to the present, past and imagined future of India.
Suri was named by Time Magazine as a “Person to Watch” in 2000 and received a Pen-Bingham Fellowship for fiction in 2002 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004. His fiction has been translated into 27 foreign languages, and has appeared in The New Yorker. In addition to his novels, he has written articles on South Asian LGBT issues for such publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Times of India and Granta.
Suri holds a B.Sc. degree from the University of Mumbai and a Ph.D. from Carnegie-Mellon University (both in mathematics). He is a professor of mathematics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and has been involved in several mathematics outreach projects. His co-authored play, Mathematics and What it Means to be Human, will be performed at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Antonio, TX in Jan, 2015. He is currently at work on a novel involving mathematics, titled The Godfather of Numbers.
For more information, please visit his website: www.manilsuri.com
Anjali Singh started her career in publishing in 1996 as a literary scout; she then moved on to be an editor at Vintage Books where she acquired Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, Diana Abu Jaber’s The Language of Baklava and Chimamanda Ngochi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun. She later worked as a senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Simon & Schuster, where her authors included Samantha Hunt, Zoe Ferraris, Preeta Samarasan, Kalyan Ray, Elissa Schappell, Lara Vapnyar and Brigid Pasulka. She is currently editorial director at Other Press, where she is looking to acquire literary fiction from the U.S. and around the world.
Anna Ghosh started her career as a literary agent in New York City in 1995 and was a partner at Scovil Galen Ghosh before founding Ghosh Literary in 2013.
Anna’s client list includes New York Times bestsellers, winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Guggenheim, NEA and other awards, as well as unheralded gems. Her literary interests are wide and eclectic and she is known for discovering and developing new writers. She is particularly interested in literary narratives and books that illuminate some aspect of human endeavor or the natural world. Anna does not typically represent genre fiction but is open to compelling storytelling in most guises. A selection of the titles Anna represents can be viewed at www.ghoshliterary.com.
Anna studied Cultural Anthropology and Literary Journalism at Hampshire College, Massachusetts and Liberal Studies at the New School for Social Research, New York. Originally from India, she now lives in San Francisco.