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Sujatha Gidla: Memoirist and NYC Subway Conductor

  • Location: Huxley Theatre, NYS Museum, Cultural Education Center, Albany Albany, NY Albany, NY
  • Dates: October 23, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Price: Free and open to the public
  • Overview

    Sujatha Gidla visits the University at Albany to engage in a craft talk as well as a conversation and Q&A on Tuesday, October 23, 2018.

    Sujatha Gidla is the author of Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India, the story of a family’s attempts to achieve a better life against all odds, and one of the most talked-about books of 2017. 

    The Economist reviewer said, “It is quite possibly the most striking work of nonfiction set in India since Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo, and heralds the arrival of a formidable new writer.” 

    Gidla was the featured author on the front cover of Publishers Weekly’s “Best Books of 2017” issue, and the book was named among the year’s “Top Ten.” 

    Born into generations of crushing poverty in the lowest caste in her home state of Andhra Pradesh, Gidla studied Physics at a regional college, emigrated to the U.S., and now works as a conductor on the New York City subway. 

    Cosponsored by the State Education Department’s Office of Cultural Education and Friends of the New York State Library.

    Craft Talk — 4:15 p.m., Standish Room, Science Library 

    Conversation/Q&A — 7:30 p.m., Huxley Theatre, NYS Museum, Cultural Education Center, Albany

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