Immigrant Lit in San Francisco: Deepak Unnikrishnan and Shanthi Sekaran

On Thursday March 16, Deepak Unnikrishnan, winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing for his novel Temporary People, will appear at San Francisco's City Lights in conversation with Shanthi Sekaran, author of Lucky Boy.

Temporary People takes on the humanitarian crisis of the so-called "guest workers" of the Persian Gulf with visionary flair; a starred review in Kirkus hails it as "an enchanting, unparalleled anthem of displacement and repatriation," and author Alexandra Kleeman calls it "a book of Ovidian metamorphoses for our precarious time."

Deepak Unnikrishnan is a writer from Abu Dhabi and a resident of the States, who has lived in Teaneck, New Jersey, Brooklyn, New York and Chicago, Illinois. He has studied and taught at the Art Institute of Chicago and presently teaches at New York University Abu Dhabi. Temporary People, his first book, was the inaugural winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing.

Shanthi Sekaran teaches creative writing at California College of the Arts, and is a member of the Portuguese Artists Colony and the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Her work has appeared in Best New American Voices and Canteen, and online at Zyzzyva and Mutha Magazine. Her first novel, The Prayer Room, was published by MacAdam Cage. A California native, she lives in Berkeley with her husband and two children.

When: March 16, 2017, at 7:00 pm

Where: City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133