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Distinguished Visiting Writer

2018–19 Distinguished Visiting Writer Amitav GhoshThe 2018–19 Distinguished Visiting Writer is Amitav Ghosh.

Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta and grew up in India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. He is the author of two books of nonfiction, a collection of essays, and eight novels. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages and he has served on the jury of the Locarno Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival. In 2007 he was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest honours, by the President of India. His books have won prizes in India, Europe, and Myanmar and he has been awarded honorary degrees by the Sorbonne, Paris and by Queens College, New York. He is married to the writer Deborah Baker and divides his time between Brooklyn, Goa, and Kolkata.

Invitations for the Distinguished Visiting Writer are extended by the Steering Committee. The amount of the award varies depending upon the length of stay, which may be from a few days to several weeks. The Distinguished Visiting Writer contributes to the program in a variety of ways, including free public talks, readings, or participation in symposia or workshops.

Since its inception in 1993, the program has brought to Calgary two Nobel Laureates, Derek Walcott and Wole Soyinka, and such literary luminaries as Marlon James, Zadie Smith, Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, Art Spiegelman, Oliver Sacks, Timothy Findley, Margaret MacMillan, Thomas King, Ursula K. Le Guin, Alberto Manguel, and Michael Ondaatje, among others.

An Evening with Amitav Ghosh, a public reading and book-signing on November 20, is free to attend but tickets must be reserved in advance.