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South Asia Day Set for April 26

The South Asia sub-committee, a part of the International Education Committee at CSULB, will host its sixth annual “South Asia Day” event on Thursday, April 26. This year’s event titled “Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found: A Book Reading by Suketu Mehta” will take place at the Soroptimist House from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Mehta is a fiction writer and journalist based in New York. His first book, Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found, won the Kiriyama Prize, and was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize. He has won the Whiting Writers Award, the O. Henry Prize, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for his fiction. Mehta’s work has been published in the New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Granta, Harper’s, Time, Condé Nast Traveler, and The Village Voice, and has been featured on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.”

Born in Calcutta, Mehta was raised in Bombay and New York and is a graduate of New York University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is writing an original screenplay for “The Goddess,” a Merchant-Ivory film starring Tina Turner and also co-wrote “Mission Kashmir,” a Bollywood film.

The event is open to campus and local communities. South Asian food will be served.

For information, contact co-chairs of the South Asia sub-committee Jyotsna Pattnaik at 562/985-9370 or Bipasha Baruah at 562/985-8864.