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OCTOBER 7-9, 2016
Saturday Oct 8, 2016 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Session 5A
Marina Budhos in conversation with Aseem Chhabra
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Marina Budhos' newest novel Watched takes on a surveillance in our post 9/11 world, depicting a restless dreamy teenager cornered in a teenage act of rebellion by NYPD, and pressured into spying on his friends, his family and his community. A follow-up of her award winning novel "Ask me No Questions"
Marina Budhos
Marina Budhos Marina Budhos is the author of award-winning fiction, including The Professor of Light, House of Waiting, Tell Us We’re Home, and nonfiction books, Remix: Conversations with Immigrant Teenagers, and two books she wrote with her husband, Marc Aronson, Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom & Science and the forthcoming The Eyes of the World: Robert Capa & Gerda Taro & The Invention of Modern Photojournalism (Henry Holt). Watched is the follow-up to Ask Me No Questions, taking on surveillance in a post 9/11 era.
Budhos has received numerous honors, including ALA Best Books and Notable, winner of the first James Cook Teen Book Award, NY Public Library Books for the Teenage, Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best, an EMMA (Exceptional Merit Media Award), a Rona Jaffe Award for Women Writers, and has twice received a Fellowship from the New Jersey Council on the Arts. She has been a Fulbright Scholar to India, given talks throughout the country and abroad, and is currently a professor of English at William Paterson University.


WatchedTen years after publishing her groundbreaking Ask Me No Questions, Marina Budhos returns with a new novel about what it’s like to be a Muslim teenager in today’s post 9/11 era. This is a world saturated in watching: where Muslim communities are always under suspicion, always under electronic eyes on the street. Everyone knows: Be careful what you say and who you say it to. Budhos paints a heartbreaking picture of immigrant families afraid to even attend prayer services, and Naeem, a teenage boy, struggling to find his way.

Aseem Chhabra
Aseem Chhabra Aseem Chhabra Aseem Chhabra is a film journalist, freelance writer and film festival programmer in New York City. He has been published in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Outlook, Mumbai Mirror,; has a regular column in The Hindu and has been a commentator on Indian cinema and popular culture on NPR, CNN, BBC, as also ABC’s Good Morning America, Associated Press and Reuters. Aseem is the festival director of the New York Indian Film Festival and the Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival in Pittsburgh. He is also the voice of Shadow Puppet #1 in director Nina Paley’s award-winning animated film, Sita Sings the Blues. Aseem is from Delhi, lives in New York, and visits India often. He can be followed on Twitter @chhabs.
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