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Amitava Kumar

How Two South Asian Literary Festivals Are Defining the Role of the Writer

Deji Olukotun | Posted 04.02.2012 | Books
Deji Olukotun

Most literary festivals are placid affairs in which writers exchange ideas and autographs and occasionally get tanked. But these two festivals were overshadowed by the political contexts in which they occurred.

Talking About Terror

Amitava Kumar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Amitava Kumar

I have just received a letter from a man in prison. His name is Hemant Lakhani. Lakhani was a women's clothing salesman who, in 2005, was convicted of...

Podcast: Asian American Literary Festival

NYCity News Service | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
 NYCity News Service

In The Reporter's Notebook podcast, host Lonnie Isabel, Ken Chen, and writer, journalist, and English professor Amitava Kumar explore the explosion of Asian-American literature.

Nothing Is Beautiful Unless it Is Serious

Amitava Kumar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Amitava Kumar

When it was first performed in 1896, in Petersburg, The Seagull was a disaster. But the actors in this new production of the play by the Royal Court Theatre, are magnificent.