San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Akhil Sharma reads from his new book Family Life, some thirteen years in the making. Sharma uses precise prose to create moments of intense pain, duty, and revelation as a young boy and his family learn to live through a wrenching tragedy. The eminent Renato Rosaldo will open with a reading from his new book The Day of Shelly's Death. Made up of a blend he calls antropoesía—a cycle of poems and his landmark essay, "Grief and a Headhunter's Rage"—the books explores the day of his wife's sudden death in 1981, and opens an inquiry into grief itself.
Akhil Sharma has been among the most compelling voices in US fiction since his short stories began appearing in The New Yorker andThe Atlantic, and subsequently winning O. Henry Awards. His blockbuster first novel, An Obedient Father, earned exuberant praise both for its subtlety and its power, and won numerous accolades, including the PEN/Hemingway Award and recognition as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a USA Today Top 10 Book of the Year.
Read "A Mistake," excerpted from Family Life, in The New Yorker.
Renato Rosaldo, a Lucie Stern Professor in the Social Sciences and Professor of Anthropology in Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU, is one of the world's leading anthropologists. He has done field research among the Ilongots of northern Luzon, Philippines, and he is the author of Ilongot Headhunting: 1883-1974: A Study in Society and History (1980). He is also the author of Culture and Truth: The Remaking of Social Analysis (1989). He is also a poet.