Leaves of grasshoppers
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