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The Culture of Your Story Is Not Just For ‘Multiculturals’ with Sonali Dev
April 26, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Culture of Your Story Is Not Just For ‘Multiculturals’
The most memorable stories are the ones you can fall into body and soul. I’ll talk about how to make your stories richer with cultural detail and more deeply layered with conflict that arises from characters being at odds with their worlds. So readers feel like they’re inhabiting not just the characters but also their worlds, and they never want to leave.
Sonali Dev’s first literary work was a play about mistaken identities performed at her neighborhood Diwali extravaganza in Mumbai. She was eight years old. Despite this early success, Sonali spent the next few decades getting degrees in architecture and writing, migrating across the globe, and starting a family while writing for magazines and websites. With the advent of her first gray hair her mad love for telling stories returned full force, and she now combines it with her insights into Indian culture to conjure up stories that make a mad tangle with her life as supermom, domestic goddess, and world traveler.
Sonali lives in the Chicago suburbs with her very patient and often amused husband and two teens who demand both patience and humor, and the world’s most perfect dog.
Sonali’s novels have been on Library Journal, NPR, Washington Post, and Kirkus’s lists of Best Books of the year. She won the American Library Association’s award for best romance 2014, and is a RITA® finalist, RT Reviewer Choice Award Nominee, and winner of the RT Seal of Excellence. She was hailed by NPR.org as a ‘stunning debut’.