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Global Reads Webinar – Veera Hiranandani

May 13, 2021 at 7:00pm9:00pm EDT

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Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs

South Asia Center presents

Global Reads Webinar

On May 13th at 7PM ET, South Asia Book Award Coordinator Emera Bridger Wilson will chat with Veera Hiranandani, author of The Night Diary, about the inspiration for her book, how it can be used in schools and libraries, and her writing process.


The Night Diary follows the story of twelve-year old Nisha who is forced to escape her home in 1947 with her Hindu family during the partition of India. Trying to make sense of the world during this treacherous moment in history, she writes letters to her Muslim mother in her journal, who died in childbirth.


Find out more about the South Asia Book Award here.

Veera Hiranandani 

Veera Hiranandani is the author of The Night Diary (Kokila), which has received many awards including the 2019 Newbery Honor Award, the 2019 Walter Dean Myers Honor Award, and the 2018 Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature, and a 2019 South Asia Book Award Honor Award. The Night Diary has been featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition, is a New York Times Editor’s Choice Pick, and was chosen as a 2018 Best Children’s Book of the Year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Amazon, School Library Journal, and Kirkus Reviews. She is also the author of The Whole Story of Half a Girl (Yearling), which was named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and a South Asia Book Award Highly Commended selection, and the chapter book series, Phoebe G. Green (Grosset & Dunlap). She earned her MFA in fiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College. A former book editor at Simon & Schuster, she now teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College’s Writing Institute. Her next novel, How To Find What You’re Not Looking For (Kokila) will be released in Fall 2021.

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For more information, please contact Emera Bridger Wilson or to request additional accommodation arrangements, please contact Morgan Bicknell.

This event was first published on January 15, 2021 and last updated on April 21, 2021.

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