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Avni Doshi on Burnt Sugar with Emily Temple


Tuesday, 1:00 pm EST January 26, 2021

Online Event

Avni Doshi joins Emily Temple (The Lightness) in conversation about her debut novel Burnt Sugar, which received international acclaim, earned her NPR’s Best Book of 2020, and made the 2020 Booker Prize short-list. Set in India, the book examines love and betrayal between a mother and daughter, tied to each other through shifting, subjective memories of their mutual history.

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In Conversation

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    Avni Doshi

    Avni Doshi

    Avni Doshi was born in New Jersey. She received her BA in art history from Barnard College and her MA in history of art at University College, London. While working as an art writer and curator in India, Avni began writing fiction. She has been awarded the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize and a Charles Pick Fellowship. Her debut novel, Burnt Sugar, was longlisted for the prestigious Tata Literature Live! First Book Award upon its publication in India and was shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize in Fiction. Avni Doshi currently lives in Dubai with her family.

  • Emily Temple author photo (c) Photo by Nina Subin

    Emily Temple

    Emily Temple

    Emily Temple was born in Syracuse, New York. She earned a BA from Middlebury College and an MFA in fiction from the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns fellow and the recipient of a Henfield Prize. Her short fiction has appeared in Colorado Review, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, Indiana Review, Fairy Tale Review, and other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, where she is Managing Editor at Literary Hub. The Lightness is her first novel.