A Conversation with Robert Antoni and Gaiutra Bahadur in NYC


A post by Peter Jordens

Caribbean History, Journey, Belonging, and Race

A Conversation with Robert Antoni and Gaiutra Bahadur

Caribbean Writers Series

Monday, April 27, 2015, 1:50 pm – 3 pm

D’Angelo Center, Room 128, Queens Campus, St. John’s University

Queens, NY 11439

Robert Antoni’s fictional world is informed by a pan-Caribbean consciousness of race, gender, religion, and class. He is the author of the novels Divina Trace (for which he won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Fiction), Blessed Is the Fruit, andCarnival. He also wrote the short story collection My Grandmother’s Erotic Folktales. His historical novel, As Flies to Whatless Boys (Akashic Books), charts his family’s emigration from England to Trinidad in 1845 as part of an experimental utopian society. Antoni has received a National Endowment for the Arts Grant; the Guggenheim, James Michener, and Orowitz fellowships; and the 2014 OCM Bocas Prize.

Gaiutra Bahadur is an award-winning reporter and book critic whose work has appeared in The Nation, Ms., and The New York TimesBook Review, among other publications. Her first book, Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture (University of Chicago Press), won the 2014 Gordon K. and Sybill Lewis Prize and was a finalist for the 2014 Orwell Prize. The book traces Bahadur’s great-grandmother’s migration from India to Guyana as an indentured laborer, to explore the larger history and complexity of “coolie” women’s lives and struggles. Bahadur was born in Guyana and immigrated to the United States with her family as a child.

In partnership with the Caribbean Cultural Theatre, this program is cosponsored by the Office of the Provost, the President’s Multicultural Advisory Committee, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, St. John’s University Libraries, the Caribbean Students Association, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), the English department, the history department, Academic Service-Learning, the Office of Global Studies, and the Office of Institutional Research.

For more information, visit http://www.stjohns.edu/about/events/caribbean-writers-series or contact siconolm@stjohns.edu.

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