Other People's Lives: The Question of Truth in Storytelling and Reportage
Thursday December 4, 2014
We held a panel discussion moderated by Rachel Rosenfelt and featuring Rohini Mohan, James Miller, and Siddhartha Deb during which they discussed narrative nonfiction as a form of political reporting.
Hosted by The Center for Fiction and co-sponsored by the MA in Creative Publishing & Critical Journalism at the New School for Social Research.
Rachel Rosenfelt is the Creative Director of Verso Books, Founder and Publisher of The New Inquiry, and associate faculty member of The New School’s MA in Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism.
Rohini Mohan is a political journalist who has reported for Tehelka, The Caravan, CNN-IBN, Outlook, The Hindu, Al Jazeera and the New York Times. She has won prestigious recognition for her work, including the Charles Wallace Fellowship 2013; the ICRC Humanitarian Reporting Award 2012, New Delhi; the Sanskriti–Prabha Dutt Fellowship 2012, New Delhi; and the South Asian Journalists Association award 2011, New York. The Seasons of Trouble: Life Amid the Ruins of Sri Lanka's Civil War (Verso) is her first book that she calls journalism, but book shops like to classify as creative nonfiction. She is now based in Bangalore, India.
James Miller is the Chair of the new MA in Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism at the New School for Social Research. His most recent book is Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche (FSG).
Siddhartha Deb is the author of two novels, The Point of Return (Harper Perennial) and An Outline of the Republic (Harper Perennial). His latest nonfiction book, The Beautiful and the Damned (Faber &Faber), was a finalist for the Orwell Prize for political writing in the UK, the winner of the PEN Open award in the United States, and published in India without its first chapter because of a lawsuit. His journalism, essays, and reviews have appeared in the Baffler, the Guardian, the New York Times, Bookforum, The Nation, n+1, Caravan, and The Times Literary Supplement.