Res­i­dent author wins col­lege’s fic­tion prize

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - COMMUNITY -

ANNANDALE-ON-HUD­SON

» Author Karan Ma­ha­jan has been se­lected to re­ceive the Bard Fic­tion Prize for his sec­ond novel “The As­so­ci­a­tion of Small Bombs,” the school has an­nounced.

A fi­nal­ist for the 2016 Na­tional Book Award, Ma­ha­jan’s nar­ra­tive tells the story of two Delhi fam­i­lies ripped apart by a small bomb­ing in a mar­ket­place. Wo­ven around the story of the Khu­ranas and the Ahmeds is the tale of Shockie, a Kash­miri bomb maker who has for­saken his own life for the in­de­pen­dence of his home­land. Ma­ha­jan’s res­i­dency at Bard Col­lege is for the Fall 2017 se­mes­ter, dur­ing which time he will con­tinue his writ­ing, meet in­for­mally with stu­dents and give a pub­lic read­ing.

Ma­ha­jan was born in 1984 and grew up in New Delhi, In­dia. His first novel, “Fam­ily Plan­ning,” was a fi­nal­ist for the Dy­lan Thomas Prize and was pub­lished in nine coun­tries. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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