NYC | December 13, 2009

“I hope that no copies of Delhi Noir ever fall into the hands of the city’s police. If they do, many of the 14 authors of these nerve-shredding tales of life – and death – on the wrong side of the tracks in India’s capital may face a sweaty hour or two the next time they need to renew a permit or report a crime.”
–Boyd Tonkin of The Independent, UK (Read the entire review here.)delhinoir1

Dangerous, yes. How else to describe the writers of Delhi Noir, the compelling new anthology from Akashic Press? Bold. Very bold. Join us in welcoming these risk takers extraordinaire! You know where: Jimmy’s No. 43 at 7pm.

Hirsh Sawhney edited and contributed a short story to Delhi Noir, an anthology of brand-new fiction published by Akashic Books. The book will be released by HarperCollins in India, Asphate in France, and Metropoli d’Asia in Italy. In 2005, he moved to Delhi, the city his parents abandoned during the 1960s. While based in the Indian capital for the next three years, he wrote for a variety of publications including the Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian, the Financial Times, Outlook, the Indian Express, and Helsinki’s Vihreä Lanka. Having recently returned to the US, Hirsh, 30, is working on a novel. He has received a fellowship to study and teach writing at Rutgers University in Newark. He is also an Associate Editor at Wasafiri Magazine and a Contributing Editor for The Brooklyn Rail.

Meera Nair grew up in India and came to the United States in 1997. She is the author of VIDEO: Stories, and a forthcoming novel from Pantheon, tentatively titled HARVEST. Her collection VIDEO won the Asian-American Literary Award and was chosen a Best Fiction Book of the Year by The Washington Post and Book magazine and was the Editor’s Choice at the San Francisco Chronicle. Her stories, articles and essays have also appeared in the New York Times magazine, the National Post , The Threepenny Review, Calyx, Discover as well as in various anthologies and on National Public Radio’s Selected Shorts. Meera has won fiction fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts (2004 & 2008) and the MacDowell Artists’ Colony. She lives in Queens, New York and teaches Creative Writing at New York University and in the MFA program at Brooklyn College.

Mohan Sikka’s story “Uncle Musto Takes a Mistress” was selected for a 2009 PEN/O. Henry Prize. His fiction has also been published in the journal One Story, the Toronto South Asian Review, Trikone Magazine, and in anthologies, including Take Out: Queer Writing from Asian Pacific America. Mohan’s story “Railway Aunty” just appeared in Delhi Noir, part of the award-winning urban noir series from Akashic Books. In 2006, Mohan graduated with an MFA from the Brooklyn College fiction program, where he received the Hiram Brown Award and the CUNYarts First Prize for Graduate Short Fiction. Mohan is a past recipient of a New Forms Regional Grant Award, for a project to write and produce a series of one-man performances about growing up in India and Africa. Before his MFA, Mohan toured these semi-biographical sketches in venues around the US and Canada.

Mustafa Zİyalan, coeditor of the critically acclaimed story collection Istanbul Noir, was born in Zonguldak, on the Black Sea coast of Turkey. He worked as a general practitioner and coroner in a rural Anatolian village, and now lives and practices psychiatry in Brooklyn, NY. His poetry, short fiction, and essays have appeared in many literary periodicals, anthologies, and in book form. He is the author of the poetry book Kızıl Kanca Şiirleri, Yakılacak Kentlerden, a collection of travel writing and essays, and Su Kedileri, a collection of short fiction.

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