tanwi nandini islam

The most daring, emotionally dense work I’ve ever read by a debut novelist. I can’t remember the last time a novel kept me breathless, wandering and reconsidering the decisions of my own life…. BRIGHT LINES is brilliant and absolutely souful." Kiese Laymon, Author of Long Division

BinderCon NYC : Sexual Assault in Fiction Panel

  • Cooper Union 30 Cooper Square New York, NY, 10003 United States


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?