Hearing Room 1: 2:30—3:15pm

The authors will read from their novels and discuss history, family, and the written word. Akhil Sharma possesses a narrative voice "as hypnotic as those found in the pages of Dostoyevsky." The Nation
“Ayelet Waldman is not afraid to create characters for whom we feel an urgency of emotion, and she does not resolve what is unresolvable in this ambitious, absorbing, and poignantly moving work of fiction.”
–Joyce Carol Oates

AKHIL SHARMA is the author of An Obedient Father, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award and New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His most recent novel, Family Life, won the 2015 Folio Prize for fiction. His writing has appeared in The New YorkerThe AtlanticBest American Short Stories, and O. Henry Award Stories. A native of Delhi, he lives in New York City and is an assistant professor of English at Rutgers University, Newark.

AYELET WALDMAN is the author of The New York Times bestseller Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities and Occasional Moments of Grace. Her personal essays been published in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Vogue, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. Her radio commentaries have appeared on All Things Considered and This American Life.

DINIKA AMARAL (moderator) has been published in The Times of IndiaThe Golden Handcuffs ReviewGuernica, Denver Quarterly, and The Iowa Review (winner of the Tim McGinnis award). She is a writing coach at New York University’s Stern School of Business and substitute teaches creative writing at the University of California, Berkeley.