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Ithaca College Hosts Reading by Indian Writer and Journalist Amitava Kumar

ITHACA, NY — The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series at Ithaca College will host a reading by Indian author and journalist Amitava Kumar. Free and open to the public, his presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Clark Lounge, Egbert Hall.

Kumar’s most recent book — described as part reportage and part protest — is “Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb.” The “New York Times” called it a “perceptive and soulful” meditation on “the cultural and human repercussions” of the global war on terror.”

Born in Ara in the Indian state of Bihar, Kumar was educated in both India and the U.S. He currently teaches in the Department of English at Vassar College. His works include the nonfiction book “Passport Photos,” which won an outstanding book of the year award from the Myers Program for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America; and the novel “Home Products,” which was short-listed for India’s premier literary prize, the Crossword Book Award.

He edited the books “The Humour and the Pity: Essays on V.S. Naipaul” and “Away: The Indian Writer as an Expatriate” and was the scriptwriter for two documentary films: “Dirty Laundry,” about the national-racial politics of Indian South Africans; and “Pure Chutney,” about the descendants of indentured Indian laborers in Trinidad.

Kumar has been honored by the South Asian Journalists Association, named a Fiction Fellow at the Norman Mailer Writers Colony and Barach Fellow at the Wesleyan Writers Conference, and awarded a research fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series is sponsored by the Department of Writing in the School of Humanities and Sciences. For more information contact Catherine Taylor, assistant professor of writing, at 607-274-7031 or