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posted Friday, December 28, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 52
Tasveer announces the inaugural Tasveer South Asian Literary Festival January 11-20
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Tasveer announces the inaugural Tasveer South Asian Literary Festival January 11-20

Tasveer is pleased to announce the inaugural Tasveer South Asian Literary Festival or LitFest (TSAL), also known as Tasveer Reads. The festival is FREE and will be held January 11-20 at three main venues: Richard Hugo House (1634 11th Ave.), Seattle Art Museum (1300 1st Ave.) and Elliott Bay Book Company (1521 10th Ave.). For the complete schedule of TSAL programs, please visit tsal.tasveer.org.

Tasveer is well known in the Pacific Northwest for its popular annual film festival, the nation's largest South Asian film festival. With the addition of TSAL, Tasveer is expanding into serving the literary interests of the Seattle community.

The inaugural TSAL will present award-winning local and visiting authors and feature a diverse and novel blend of storytelling, poetry events, literary panels on LGBTQ writings and post-colonial fiction, and readings pertaining to the South Asian diaspora in the U.S.

'We strongly believe in the power of literature to draw people together and promote cultural understanding. It's our pleasure to bring together for the first time in Seattle a talented group of local and national South Asian writers and poets for the benefit of this city's vibrant literary community,' says Alka Kurian, who co-leads the festival with Shahina Piyarali, and Sumathi Raghavan.

TSAL will feature Seattle's own Sharmila Sen, SJ Sindhu and Shobha Rao amongst others. The festival opens with a keynote address from acclaimed South Asian author Amitava Kumar (Immigrant, Montana) at Hugo House. We are also proud to welcome to Seattle authors Sharmila Sen (Not Quite Not White), SJ Sindhu (A Marriage of a Thousand Lies), and Shobha Rao (Girls Burn Brighter) amongst others.

Tasveer is committed to showcasing local writers and poets. Featured at TSAL are Seattle's 2018/19 Youth Poet Laureate Azura Tyabji and Seattle-based authors including Indu Sundaresan (The Mountain of Light) and Sonora Jha (Foreign). In addition to readings, program highlights include the popular South Asian storytelling event, 'Storywallahs: What's In Your Name,' as well as a youth version hosted by Tasveer Youth Collective - also being inaugurated in 2019 - and a discussion of the film adaption of South Asian fiction.

The first Tasveer South Asian Literary Festival is presented in partnership with the Gardner Center for Asian Arts and Ideas, The Elliot Bay Book Company, Hugo House, KUOW, Northwest Film Forum, South Asia Center, UW Seattle, and Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Bothell.

Thanks to generous funding by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, all Tasveer Reads events are free to the public and will run from January 11-20 in and around Capitol Hill. TSAL programs will be presented at three venues: Hugo House, Seattle Art Museum, and Elliott Bay Book Co. For the complete schedule of TSAL programs, please visit tsal.tasveer.org.

About Tasveer
Founded in March 2002, Tasveer is a vibrant platform for artistic expression serving Seattle's South Asian community - those with roots in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Tibet. Tasveer, founded by Rita Meher and Farah Nousheen, is dedicated to providing a space and stage for South Asians to share their truths aloud, without being stifled by culture, community, fear, or stigma. Through films, visual art, stage performances, discussions, and now literary readings, Tasveer brings to light difficult issues that demand attention and discussion. To learn more about Tasveer, visit tasveer.org.

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