Leaves of grasshop­pers

Pasatiempo - - In Other Words -

In the U.S., Arund­hati Roy is most widely known as the best­selling au­thor of the 1997 Booker Prize-winning The

God of Small Things, a de­but novel that ex­am­ined vil­lage life in the trop­ics of the In­dian state of Ker­ala. Roy is also known through­out the U.K. and In­dia for her non­fic­tion, which com­bines the sup­ple­ness of po­etry with her fierce ad­vo­cacy of so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal causes, such as the cru­sade against In­dia’s mas­sive dam projects.

In her most re­cent book, Field Notes on Democ­racy: Lis­ten­ing to

Grasshop­pers, Roy sifts through lay­ers of re­li­gion, pol­i­tics, and his­tory to ex­am­ine re­cent in­jus­tices in a mod­ern­iz­ing In­dia. At 7 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, March 24, Roy is in­ter­viewed by doc­u­men­tary film­maker Avi Lewis as part of the Lan­nan Read­ing and Con­ver­sa­tions se­ries at the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, 211 W. San Fran­cisco St., 988-1234. Tick­ets are $6, $3 for stu­dents and se­niors. The event is broad­cast at 2 p.m. on Sun­day, March 28, on KSFR-FM 101.1.

Au­thor Arund­hati Roy

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