Padma Viswanathan’s first novel, The Toss of a Lemon, was published in eight countries, and was a finalist for the Commonwealth (Regional) First Book Prize, the Amazon.ca First Novel Prize and the Pen Center USA Fiction Prize. Her second novel, The Ever After of Ashwin Rao, was published in four countries and was a finalist for The Scotiabank Giller Prize and longlisted for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize.
Padma also writes plays, short stories, personal essays and cultural journalism. Her translation of the novel St. Bernardo, by the late, lauded Brazilian novelist Graciliano Ramos, is forthcoming from New York Review Books in their classics series.
Canadian by birth and temperament, she is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where she lives with the poet and translator Geoffrey Brock, their kids, parents, and an ever-shifting array of animals.
This event is supported by the Rona Jaffe Foundation.