Karan Mahajan and Bathsheba Monk sit down with Jamie Kahn, junior editor of Pitch, to talk about their writing and experiences.
Karan grew up in New Delhi, India and moved to the US for college. His first novel, “Family Planning” (2008), was a finalist for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. It was published in nine countries. His second novel, “The Association of Small Bombs” (2016), was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Awards and was named one of the "10 Best Books of 2016" by The New York Times. Karan's writing has appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker Online, The New Republic and other venues. An assistant professor at Brown University, he is currently a fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. He is also the recipient of the 2019 Jeannette Haien Ballard Writer's Prize.
"Wonderful...smart, devastating, unpredictable and enviably adept in its handling of tragedy and its fallout. If you enjoy novels that happily disrupt traditional narratives — about grief, death, violence, politics — I suggest you go out and buy this one. Post haste....thrilling, tender and tragic...generous without prejudice, which feels at once subversive and refreshing."
—Fiona Maazel, The New York Times Book Review
Bathsheba Monk is the author of 7 novels and three plays, is the editor at Blue Heron Book Works and the creator of the popular Swanson Herbinko Mystery series, which is being written by Andrew Sloan, Joe Taleroski, and Paul Heller. Her collection Now You See it... Stories from Cokesville, PA garnered positive reviews from The New Yorker, The Chicago Tribune, and Esquire, and was the named the “Best Book of the Year” by The Chicago Tribune.
“Bathsheba Monk is a writer I'll be talking about when I talk about brilliant new writers. Now You See It . . . is the work of an imaginative, funny, and electrically gifted storyteller.” ―Tim O'Brien