Central Oregon Community College will host award-winning Indian American author, poet and activist, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, as a part of its continuing Visiting Scholar Program on Friday, November 4 at 6pm at Wille Hall in the Coats Campus Center on COCC Bend campus.
Divakaruni will speak on how her emigration from India to the United States turned her into a writer as she tried to make sense of the very different world in which she found herself. She will share her immigrant experience through the themes found in her books: loneliness, the desire to conform, the excitement of a new country, acts of racism, loss of family and new possibilities as a woman.
Divakaruni will be available for book signing after the event.
Divakaruni’s books have been translated into 29 languages and her work has appeared in hundreds of magazines and anthologies. She’s best known for the New York Times bestseller, One Amazing Thing and The Mistress of Spices, which was made into a Hollywood film. She’s won an American Book Award and a Light of India award.
Divakaruni teaches creative writing at the University of Houston and writes for both adults and children. In 2015, she was chosen by the
Economic Times for their list of Twenty Most Influential Global Indian Women.
Her latest novel, Before We Visit the Goddess , came out in April 2016.
The event is co-presented by COCC Multicultural Activities and generously sponsored by Brooks Resources, Deschutes Brewery, Deschutes Public Library, Old Mill District, The Bend Bulletin, ASCOCC and OSUCascades Student Fee Committee.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni,
Bridging Differences in a New Culture: An Immigrant’s Journey
Friday, November 4, 6pm
Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center
COCC’s Bend, OR campus
$10 ticket, cocc.edu/foundation/vsp