Nishant Batsha will discuss his book Mother Ocean Father Nation, named one of the best books of 2022 by NPR. The book is a riveting, tender debut novel, following a brother and sister whose paths diverge—one forced to leave, one left behind — in the wake of a nationalist coup in the South Pacific. He will be joined in conversation by Kaneesha Parsard, an assistant professor of English at the University of Chicago who writes about the legacies of slavery and emancipation in the Caribbean and broader Americas.
Presented by Seminary Co-op Bookstores in partnership with the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, the University of Chicago International House, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
This event will be held in person at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore. At this time, masks are required for in-store events.