South Asian writers festival features Shauna Singh Baldwin

Ehsaas South Asian Readers and Writers Festival will feature renowned author Shauna Singh Baldwin

Shauna Singh Baldwin

Shauna Singh Baldwin

This year’s Ehsaas South Asian Readers and Writers Festival will feature renowned author Shauna Singh Baldwin.

Baldwin will give a talk titled Why Names Matter, addressing how a story truly begins the moment a character is named. Baldwin tells us why we should encourage matrilineal and creative naming. She will speak on how patriarchy claims us with a last name, then further differentiates us by gendered first names.

Baldwin has received the Commonwealth Prize for Best Book in Canada and the Caribbean for her novel What the Body Remembers, about two Sikh women in a polygamous marriage in occupied India. Her collection of cross-cultural stories was published in 2007. Her play, We Are So Different Now was adapted for performance in India and off-Broadway in 2011. Her poems, stories and articles are published in several countries.

All are invited to attend, refreshments will be provided and a book signing with the author will follow.

The event will be held Tuesday, March 3 from 6 p.m. at UFV’s Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies, room F125 at the Abbotsford campus.