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Powell's Books Presents Shruti Swamy in Conversation With Kiese Laymon
Dreams collide with reality, modernity with antiquity, and myth with identity in the 12 arresting stories in Shruti Swamy’s A HOUSE IS A BODY (Algonquin). In "Earthly Pleasures," a young painter living alone in San Francisco begins a secret romance with one of India's biggest celebrities, and desire and ego are laid bare. In "A Simple Composition," a husband's professional crisis leads to his wife's discovery of a dark, ecstatic joy. And in the title story, an exhausted mother watches, hypnotized by fear, as a California wildfire approaches her home. Immersive and assured, provocative and probing, these are stories written with the edge and precision of a knife blade. Set in the United States and India, they reveal small but intense moments of beauty, pain, and power that contain the world. A HOUSE IS A BODY introduces Swamy as a bold and original voice in fiction, from a writer at the start of a stellar career. Swamy will be joined in conversation by Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy: An American Memoir.

Aug 12, 2020 06:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Shruti Swamy
Shruti Swamy's work has appeared in The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. In 2012, she was Vassar College's 50th W.K. Rose Fellow, and has been awarded residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts, Blue Mountain Center, and Hedgebrook. She is a Kundiman fiction fellow, a 2017 – 2018 Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University, and a recipient of a 2018 grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation. She lives in San Francisco.
Kiese Laymon
Kiese Laymon is a professor and the writer of three books, including Heavy: An American Memoir. He is also author of the forthcoming book, Good, God.