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Indian author Arundhati Roy Vancouver bound

Nita Naidoo, Bollywood File columnist. (SUBMITTED)

By Nita Naidoo, 24 hours Vancouver


Local literature lovers will soon have the opportunity to meet Arundhati Roy when the iconic author and activist visits Vancouver for the first time as part of Indian Summer 2014.

The 41-year-old is best known as the author of The God of Small Things. The stunningly visual story centres around fraternal twins whose lives are destroyed by the “Love Laws” — India’s caste system that basically decrees who should be loved and how much.

The novel was published in 1997 and went on to win the Booker Prize. It has since been translated into 40 languages and sold six million copies worldwide. There is no movie. Roy once revealed to The Progressive she delights in spurning Hollywood offers Saving Mr. Banks style, because they don’t want to address the real, uncomfortable subject matter of her work.

After gaining worldwide acclaim as an author, Roy transitioned into political activism, applying her prolific writing skills to explore topics such as climate change, war, the perils of free-market development and defence of the poor, among others.

She was awarded the Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize in 2002, the Sydney Peace Prize in 2004, and the Norman Mailer Prize for Distinguished Writing in 2011.

During her Vancouver visit, Roy will read from a range of her works, and speak about her journey as a writer and activist.

Indian Summer is dedicated to showcasing and building public awareness of South Asian artists, thereby promoting understanding and tolerance between Canada and India.

Although Roy once described herself as: “The worst thing a girl could be: thin, black, and clever,” her astute observations and wit have won over legions of fans.

She acts as a mirror that sometimes reflects the very worst of humanity but her purpose is always to make it better. Roy will be at St Andrew’s-Wesley Church on April 1.

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