Author Event: Gaiutra Bahadur discusses and signs

Author Event: Gaiutra Bahadur discusses and signs “Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture”

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Apr 13, 2014 5:00 pm

Location

450K

450 K St NW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20001

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Author Event: Gaiutra Bahadur discusses and signs  Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture 



Junot Diaz calls Coolie Woman "both a historical rescue mission and a profound meditation on family and womanhood"; Pankaj Mishra, "pathbreaking"; Adam Hochschild, "highly original"; Teju Cole, "both scholarly and soulful"; and British historian Richard Drayton, "a major contribution to the literature of diaspora." Read more at http://www.cooliewoman.com/blurbs

In 1903, a young woman sailed from India to Guiana as a ?coolie??the British name for indentured laborers who replaced the newly emancipated slaves on sugar plantations all around the world. Pregnant and traveling alone, this woman, like so many coolies, disappeared into history. Now, in Coolie Woman, her great-granddaughter Gaiutra Bahadur embarks on a journey into the past to find her. Traversing three continents and trawling through countless colonial archives, Bahadur excavates not only her great-grandmother?s story but also the repressed history of some quarter of a million other coolie women, shining a light on their complex lives.

Gaiutra Bahadur is a journalist and book critic who writes frequently about the culture and politics of global migration. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Washington Post Book World, The Nation, The Virginia Quarterly Review and Ms., among other publications. A former daily newspaper staff writer, Gaiutra has told the stories of asylum seekers and immigrants in Philadelphia and its suburbs and reported from Baghdad, Iraqi refugee outposts in Syria and Jordan, and the U.S.-Mexico border. She was born in Guyana and immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of six. 

Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture is her first book.  The book was published in 2013 to critical acclaim in the U.S., U.K., India and the Caribbean. It has been longlisted for the Orwell Prize, Britain's most prestigious award for political writing, and the Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature.

Co-Sponsored by:
The Humanities Council of DC
Kahani Cultural Salons 

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