Friday, September 13 at 6:00pm
Join us to hear Mathangi Subramanian, author of A People’s History of Heaven (Algonquin, $26.95).
In a Bangalore slum known as Heaven, five young women fight for their families in this intimate and unforgettable portrait of a vibrant community. Heaven is home to mothers and daughters who were “left behind” and have found a family within one another. When impending demolition threatens their homes, these colorful women are determined to defy the odds not just to survive, but to triumph.
Mathangi Subramanian, an award-winning author and educator, is a founding member of the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace. A former public school teacher, senior policy analyst for the New York City Council, and assistant vice president at Sesame Workshop, Subramanian’s work has appeared in The Washington Post and The Wire, among others. Her book Dear Mrs. Naidu (Zubaan, $12) won the 2016 South Asia Book Award. Subramanian has written three books for young readers; A People’s History of Heaven is her adult debut.
"Subramanian writes with empathy and exuberance, offering a much-needed glimpse into a world that too many of us don't even know exists. This is a book to give your little sister, your mother, your best friend, yourself, so together you can celebrate the strength of women and girls, the tenacity it takes to survive in a world that would rather have you disappear."
"The stories of these young women... are full of emotion and drama, and also fierce power and hope. Their relationships and support for one another is inspiring, making this a beautiful testament to friendship and individuality. More LGBTQ+ novels about people of color, please!"