Authors Raj Kamal Jha & Vu Tran on Why We Tell Stories

5:30–7:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi


'Why We Tell Stories: Finding your voice, the importance of plot, the choice of place in fiction' - a discussion by Professor Vu Tran and Raj Kamal Jha.

Vu Tran is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Arts in the Department of English and the Committee on Creative Writing. A fiction writer, his work thus far is preoccupied with the legacy of the Vietnam War for the Vietnamese who remained in the homeland, the Vietnamese who immigrated to America, and the Americans whose lives have intersected with both. His first novel, Dragonfish, concerns an American police officer’s search in Las Vegas for his ex-wife, a Vietnamese refugee whose letters to the daughter she abandoned decades ago comprises the book’s secondary narrative. The unraveling of her mysterious disappearance also reveals characters grappling with who they are in light of what they’ve lost: kin, country, love, morals.

Raj Kamal Jha is Chief Editor of The Indian Express which has won the International Press Institute's India Award for Excellence in Journalism three times. His novels include The Blue Bedspread, shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, winner of the 2000 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book (Eurasia) and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; If You Are Afraid of Heights, a finalist for the Hutch–Crossword Book Award in 2003; and Fireproof, rated first in CNN–IBN's list of best books published in India in 2006. His novels have been translated into more than a dozen languages. He works in New Delhi and lives in Gurgaon.