Thrity Umrigar is an Indian-American writer, who was born in Mumbai. She received her Bachelors of Science from Bombay University. She immigrated to the United States when she was 21.She then went on to earn her M.A. From Ohio State and her Phd from Kent State University. She is a journalist and the author of the novels Bombay Time, The Space Between Us and The Weight of Heaven. She has written for the Washington Post, Cleveland Plain Dealer, among other newspapers, and regularly writes for The Boston Globe 's book pages. She is currently assistant professor of English at Case Western Reserve University where she teaches creative writing and literature. She was a winner of the Nieman Fellowship to Harvard University. She has a Ph.D. in English and lives in Cleveland, Ohio. Her title Space Between Us made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2011. (Bowker Author Biography)
Thrity Umrigar, author of The Story Hour (Harper, August 2014) will be the featured guest at a benefit for the CH-UH Public Library on Sunday, September 7th from 4-7 p.m. at the Wine Spot, 2271 Lee Rd. in Cleveland Heights.
In The Story Hour, Thrity has delivered another brilliant look at love and friendship. What happens when an experienced psychologist abandons protocol to befriend a lonely patient?
"Thrity Umrigar has an uncanny ability to look deeply into the human heart and find the absolute truth of our lives. The Story Hour is stunning and beautiful. Lakshmi and Maggie will stay with readers for a very long time."--Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Hummingbird's Daughter
"With grace, wisdom and incredible compassion, Thrity Umrigar has woven together the lives of two seemingly dissimilar women who must learn--against steep odds--to forgive each other and themselves."--Paula McClain, author of The Paris Wife
Thrity Umrigar is the author of five novels--The World We Found, The Weight of Heaven, The Space Between Us, If Today Be Sweet, and Bombay Time--and the memoir First Darling of the Morning. An award-winning journalist, she has been a contributor to the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and the Huffington Post among other publications. She is the winner of the Nieman Fellowship to Harvard, the 2009 Cleveland Arts Prize, and the Seth Rosenberg Prize. A professor of English at Case Western Reserve University, she lives in Cleveland Heights.
Location: Street: 1820 Coventry Rd Additional: City: Cleveland Heights, Province: Ohio Postal Code: 44118 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Indies First is a national grassroots movement started by Sherman Alexie to encourage authors to support their local independent bookstores on Saturday, November 30th. Participating writers will visit bookstores to recommend their favorite reads to customers. The Saturday after Thanksgiving has become known as Small Business Saturday because of a very successful effort by American Express to urge shoppers to visit small independent retailers Thanksgiving weekend.
Several authors will be at Mac's throughout the day on November 30th. Below is the evolving schedule; stop in to say hi, check out these author's works and hear what they like to read.
10-11 a.m. Brad Ricca, author of Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster-The Creators of Superman
11 a.m-Noon Thrity Umrigar, author of several novels including Bombay Time, If Today Be Sweet, The Space Between Us, The Weight of Heaven and The World We Found and a memoir, First Darling of the Morning: Selected Memories of an Indian Childhood
Set in modern-day India, it is the story of two compelling and achingly real women: Sera Dubash, an upper-middle-class Parsi housewife whose opulent surroundings hide the shame and disappointment of her abusive marriage, and Bhima, a stoic illiterate hardened by a life of despair and loss, who has worked in the Dubash household for more than twenty years.
Location: Street: 1200 11th St City: Bellingham, Province: Washington Postal Code: 98225-7015 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Description: Everyone is welcome to join us to discuss the books the members have chosen to read. Please read the scheduled book before the meeting so that you can join in our discussion. We meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM in the auditorium of the Preston Royal Library in association with the Hillcrest Forest Neighborhood Association. The book for October is The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar. Visit the Hillcrest Forest Neighborhood Association Website at hillcrestforest.org for more information about the book club contract the Preston Royal Library at 214-670-7128.
Anderson’s welcomes the Pageturners Book Group, a club that focuses on non-fiction books. This month’s title is Thrity Umrigar’s First Darling of the Morning. Please read the book, and join our lively discussion. New members are invited to participate, but are asked to please call and register: (630) 355-2665. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9 at 9:30 a.m. Anderson’s Two-Doors East
Location: Street: Anderson's Two-Doors East Additional: 111 W Jefferson Ave City: Naperville, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60540 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Open Fire: Rights, Radicalism and Revolution The SAWCC Literary Festival
Friday, September 23, 7pm at Revolution Books Opening Night Reading featuring authors Thrity Umrigar (The Weight of Heaven, The Space Between Us) and Tahmima Anam (A Golden Age, The Good Muslim) - Tickets on sale From the Middle East to the Midwest, revolution is spreading. Women have joined radicals in solidarity, even as their own rights come under fire by conservative elements. Some of these women are able to tell their stories from Madison, Sanaa, and Tahrir Square. Others are silenced, devalued, or (in the infamous case of a blogger in Syria) invented. Fact or fiction, real or imagined, told from the inside or the outside, narratives provoke, explore, critique, and—in some cases—prevent revolution. This literary festival is an exploration of the role of stories in political change. For details, visit http://www.sawcc.org/openfire/(NY-Yipz)… (more)
Thrity Umrigar brings the scent of spices and the vibrant Indian culture to life in her latest book, The Weight of Heaven. This emotionally charged story of a couple, who travels from the United States to India after the loss of their son, captures the hardship of their transition and the hope for enlightenment. Umrigar is the author of three other novels, and a memoir. She is an associate professor of English at Case Western Reserve University. (thurberhouse)… (more)