A Reading

with Deborah Baker and Siddhartha Deb

Thursday, November 29, 2018 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W 27th St Suite 600
NY, NY 10001

Media Gallery

Ever wondered about the relationship between expeditions to scale Mount Everest and the waning of the British Raj? Join us for an event with Pulitzer Prize finalist Deborah Baker as she reads from her latest work of non-fiction, The Last Englishmen: Love, War, and the End of Empire, a saga tracing of the end of empire and the stirring of a new world order, with The Beautiful and the Damned author Siddhartha Deb.


Set in Calcutta, London, the glacier-locked wilds of the Karakoram, and on Everest itself, The Last Englishmen (Graywolf, 2018) presents an exhilarating drama of Indian and English writers and artists, explorers and Communist spies, Die Hards and Indian nationalists, political rogues and police informers. Deborah Baker attended the University of Virginia and Cambridge University, where she wrote her first biography Making a Farm: The Life of Robert Bly. She is author of In Extremis; The Life of Laura Riding, which was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize in Biography in 1994, and A Blue Hand: The Beats in India. In 2008–2009 she was a Fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis C. Cullman Center for Writers and Scholars at The New York Public Library, where she researched and wrote The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism, a finalist for the 2011 National Book Award in Non-Fiction. She currently divides her time between Brooklyn and Goa.

Siddhartha Deb is the author of The Beautiful and the Damned, winner of the PEN Open award and a finalist for the Orwell Prize. A columnist for The Baffler and The New York Times Book Review and contributing editor to The New Republic, his writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Nation, and n+1.

This event will be livestreamed on the Asian American Writers’ Facebook page.

*The space is wheelchair accessible. No stairs. Direct elevator from ground floor to 6th floor.
*We strongly encourage all participants of the space/event to be scent-free.
If you all have any other specific questions about accessibility, please email Tiffany Le at tle@aaww.org with any questions on reserving priority seating.

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