Clemson Libraries to host talk by author Devi S. Laskar

Clemson Libraries will host an author talk by Devi S. Laskar on Friday, September 29, at 6 p.m. in the Clemson History Room (room 401) of Cooper Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Laskar’s talk is titled “My Writer’s Journey” and will cover her career as a writer and the origin stories for each of her novels, followed by a Q&A with the audience. Laskar’s books will be available for purchase at the event.

Laskar is the author of “The Atlas of Reds and Blues,” winner of the 7th annual Crook’s Corner Book Prize (2020) for Best Debut Novel Set in the South. The book also received the 2020 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature (selected by APALA); was selected by The Georgia Center for the Book as a 2019 book “All Georgians Should Read;” was a finalist for the 2020 Northern California Book Award; and was long-listed for the DSC Prize in South Asian Literature and the Golden Poppy Award. The novel was named by The Washington Post as one of the 50 best books of 2019 and has garnered praise in several publications including Booklist, Chicago Review of Books and The Guardian.

Laskar’s second novel, “Circa,” was published in 2022, by Mariner Books. In 2022, USA Today named Laskar among “50 AAPI authors” to read, and Goop selected “Circa” as its June Goop Book Club pick.

Laskar holds degrees from Columbia University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. She is an alumna of both TheOpEdProject and VONA, among others. In 2017, Finishing Line Press published two of her poetry chapbooks. A native of Chapel Hill, N.C., she now lives in California with her family.

This author event is co-hosted by the Gantt Multicultural Center.