Eye on India: Words Over Water

The Northwest has a growing South Asian population, attracted by Microsoft, biotech, medicine, and other hubs of intellectual capital. Appropriately, the Eye on India festival is bringing in four noted writers from the subcontinent. Tonight, historian Shrabani Basu discusses her Victoria and Abdul: The True Story of the QueenÂ’s Closest Confidante with visiting NPR journalist Miranda Kennedy (who reads from her memoir of India, Sideways on a Scooter, at Elliott Bay, 7 p.m. Mon.). Then, following a chai break, Hari Kunzru (The Impressionist and other works) chats with fellow novelist David Guterson about their craft. Wednesday night (same time), Nayantara Sahgal (Jawaharlal Nehru: Civilizing a Savage World) talks politics and history with local scholar Lesley Hazleton. Following are UW professor Charles Johnson and political journalist-turned-novelist Tarun Tejpal. BRIAN MILLER

July 12-13, 6:30 p.m., 2011

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