tanwi nandini islam

Shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize // Finalist for the Edmund White LGBTQ Debut Fiction Award // First Novel in First Lady of NYC Chirlane McCray's Gracie Book Club

to Nov 8

BinderCon NYC : Sexual Assault in Fiction Panel


Sexual Assault in Fiction
Tanwi Nandini Islam (author of Bright Lines), Helen Benedict (author of Sand Queen and The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq)

Works of fiction have the power to explore the topic of sexual assault in a way no journalistic work can, bringing nuance and emotion to a painful and all too common experience. Yet too often, creators treat sexual assault in as a cheap way to create backstory and character depth, or, worse yet, as a way to make their work seem edgy. How can we explore this sensitive, and often traumatic, topic in a way that raises awareness and supports survivors – rather than exploiting their pain and suffering for shock value?

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7:30 PM19:30

Pete's Reading Series // Candy Store

More details TBA!

Curated and hosted by Jillian Capewell and Brian Gresko

Over the course of 15 years, Pete's Reading Series has earned a reputation as Brooklyn's premier reading series, where today's literary icons and tomorrow's stars take the stage regularly.

“The most intimate reading space in Brooklyn. Think of a fine pre-war dining car with an endless supply of booze.”

— Gary Shetyngart - author, Little Failure and Super Sad True Love Story

“Pete’s Candy Store Reading Series is by far the best series in Brooklyn, at the best bar. It’s the KGB of Brooklyn!”

— Joanna Yas - Editor, Open City Magazine and Books

“It has never been clear to me who Pete is, but there is no finer place to give - or hear - a reading in this city.”

— Robert Polito - author, Savage Art


Colum McCann, Jonathan Ames, Tom Beller, Lan Samantha Chang, Jennifer Egan, Hari Kunzru, David Lehman, Sam Lipsyte, Francine Prose, Said Sayrafiezadeh, Gary Shetyngart, Colm Toibin, Justin Torres, Hannah Tinti

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7:00 PM19:00

Book Riot presents Reading Lives with Tanwi Nandini Islam


Join Book Riot for the first ever live recording of Reading Lives, hosted by co-founder Jeff O’Neal and featuring special guest Tanwi Nandini Islam, author of the acclaimed debut novel Bright Lines.

Buy a copy of Bright Lines or a $15 gift card in order to attend this event. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will be located in the Strand's 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.

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7:00 PM19:00

8/13 Daughters of Brooklyn : Reading + Conversation with Naomi Jackson

Join us for an evening featuring Tanwi Nandini Islam and Naomi Jackson, whose debut novels share a setting in Brooklyn, home to so many families who call somewhere else home. Born to immigrant parents, Islam's and Jackson’s heroines wrestle with competing cultural messages, gender norms, and a poignant sense of placelessness, all while navigating the tribulations of teenhood in America.

In Islam’s Bright Lines, the Bangladeshi Saleem family raises three girls on Cambridge Place: rebellious Charu, bookish adoptee Ella, and runaway Maya, who seeks refuge from her abusive father. When their home falls victim to fire, the Saleem family returns to Bangladesh, where they must confront the demons of their past alongside the ones of the present. Home and homeland come into conflict again in Jackson’s The Star Side of Bird Hill, when the Braithwaite sisters, Dionne and Phaedra, are torn from Brooklyn and sent to Bird Hill, Barbados to live with their grandmother. Jackson transports the reader through history, tracking the stories of three generations of Braithwaite women, and confronting love, mental illness, and the struggles of immigration. The discussion will be moderated by the Workshop's very own, Nadia Q. Ahmad!

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7:30 PM19:30


TUESDAY, August 11, 2015 - Join me to celebrate the launch of my debut novel BRIGHT LINES at the wonderful Greenlight Bookstore in Fort Greene. The events of the novel take place minutes away from the bookstore, only a decade earlier.

What's even more special:  I'll be in conversation with Kiese Laymon, author of LONG DIVISION and HOW TO SLOWLY KILL YOURSELF IN AMERICA. He's one of the most profound and critical artists and teachers of our time.

Join us as we explore the themes of race, place, desire and deception in BRIGHT LINES.


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