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The Novel & History: Conversation with Nishant Batsha

April 26 @ EST 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

$15.00 – $20.00

A Conversation on Craft with Nishant Batsha

Join us for a conversation with author Nishant Batsha as he discusses the art of the novel and the craftwork that led to his moving debut, Mother Ocean Father Nation (HarperCollins Publishers, 2023).  A novel laden with historical thinking, Mother Ocean, Father Nation unpacks legacies of power and oppression in 1985 on a small Pacific island. Described as a “gorgeous and finely-wrought family story, and a meditation on migration, homeland and belonging in the long shadow of Empire” by author Lydia Kiesling, Batsha’s novel is one whose voice will ripple throughout history. 

Nishant Batsha’s debut was a finalist for 2023 Lambda Literary Award, longlisted for a 2023 Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award, and named one of the best books of 2022 by NPR. It also won Honorable Mention in the prose category of the 2024 Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) Book Awards. Batsha is currently at work on A Bomb Placed Close to the Heart (ecco/HarperCollins, 2025). His in-progress manuscript was named a finalist for a grant from the de Groot Foundation.



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Mother Ocean, Father Nation





General public: $20 | Scholarships available
Seniors, Students and Writers & Books members: $15


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The Novel & History
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$ 15.00


April 26
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
$15.00 – $20.00
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