About Words On Water



Daniel Herwitz is the author of books in aesthetics, politics and modern and contemporary art, most recently Heritage, Culture and Politics in the Postcolony (2012) and The Star as Icon (2008). From 1996-2002 he was Chair in Philosophy at the University of Natal, South Africa where he participated in the process of democratic transition, and which led to his book of essays, Race and Reconciliation (2003). His first book, on the modern painter of India, M.F. Husain (Husain, Tata Press) produced in consort with the painter, won a National Book Award in India (1988). From 2002-2012 he Directed the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he is now professor.


Laleh Khadivi was born in Esfahan, Iran in 1977 to a Kurdish father and an Esfahani mother. A native of nowhere in particular she has lived in places as various as Toronto, New York, San Juan Puerto Rico, London, Dallas, Atlanta and Warsaw. She worked as a documentary filmmaker focusing on the American Criminal Justice system and directing the feature length documentary 900 Women about six women in a Louisiana State Penitentiary. Her first novel The Age of Orphans was the recipient of the Whiting Award, a Barnes and Noble Discovery Award, nominated for the Dublin IMPAC Award and translated into 8 languages. Her second book The Walking comes out in Spring 2013. She lives in San Francisco, though dreams of warmer places.


Saikat Majumdar is an assistant professor of English at Stanford University, where he teaches and writes about world literature in English, modernism, and the vernacular literary traditions of South Asia. He is the author of a novel set in 19th century Bengal and late 20th century Calcutta, Silverfish (HarperCollins, 2007), and a study of the literature of the global British Empire, Prose of the World (Columbia University Press, 2013).


Vikram Chandra’s latest novel, Sacred Games, was the recipient of the Hutch Crossword Prize for English Fiction (India), a Salon.com Book Award for Fiction (USA), and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award (USA). He is also the author of Love and Longing in Bombay and Red Earth and Pouring Rain. His previous honours include the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book (Eurasia region) and the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book, the David Higham Prize, and the Paris Review Discovery prize. He teaches creative writing at the University of California, Berkeley.”


Sonia Faleiro’s Beautiful Thing: Inside the Secret World of Bombay’s Dance Bars was an Economist Book of the Year, The Sunday Times Travel Book of the Year, CNN’s Mumbai Book of the Year, and one of NPR’s Five Best Travel Memoirs of 2012. Her award-winning writing appears in The New York Times. She lives in San Francisco and India. Learn more at www.soniafaleiro.com.

Event Info:

  • Saturday, June 1 2013,@ 2pm
  • Cubberly Hall, Stanford University Admission Free