‘Exploring the canvas of South Asian writing’
The DSC Prize Winner’s Tour is aimed at bringing forward conversations on South Asian Literature to its audience. Every year literature enthusiasts get an opportunity to meet with the year’s Winner of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. This year Shehan Karunatilaka – winner of DSC Prize 2012 for his book Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew (Random House India) would be on tour in Bengaluru, Mumbai and Delhi to meet with various audiences and sit across the table with some of his contemporaries to discuss the new trends in South Asian writing.
Shehan will discuss Chinaman‘s journey from an unpublished manuscript to a prize winning international novel: recently having won the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize and a publishing deal in the US with Graywolf Press. Apart from his book, Shehan will explore, with his audience, discussions around South Asian writing, ranging from contemporary themes, subtexts and contexts, regional writing, and the evolution of South Asian writing in English.
The Tour will also showcase the Prize winning novel which the author will be discussing, reading from and signing copies of. The audience will get to speak with Shehan Karunatilaka about his novel, the DSC Prize and how life has changed for him since he won this prestigious literary award.
DSC Prize Winner’s Tour – Event Details*
Aug 6 – Bengaluru – with Sumeet Shetty at the SAP Labs India from 11 am to 1 pm.
Aug 7 – Mumbai – with Rahul Bose at Bungalow 8 from 5:45 pm onwards
Aug 8 – Delhi – with Dr. Shashi Tharoor at India Habitat Centre from 7 pm onwards
Aug 9 – Delhi – with Arunava Sinha at blueFROG from 6 pm onwards
*Event schedules are subject to change. Kindly confirm before attending.
About ‘Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew’
Retired sportswriter, W.G. Karunasena is dying. He will spend his final months drinking arrack, upsetting his wife, ignoring his son and tracking down Pradeep S. Mathew, an elusive spin bowler he considers ‘the greatest cricketer to walk the earth’. On his quest to find this unsung genius, W.G. uncovers a coach with six fingers, a secret bunker below a famous stadium, an LTTE warlord, and startling truths about Sri Lanka, cricket and himself. Ambitious, playful and strikingly original, Chinaman is a novel about cricket and Sri Lanka – and of Sri Lanka through his cricket.
About Shehan Karunatilaka
Shehan Karunatilaka has written advertisements, rock songs, travel stories and basslines. He has over 10 years of experience in advertising and creative work. Chinaman is his first novel and it has won the 2008 Gratiaen Prize, the 2012 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and the 2012 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize.