Nandini Bhattacharya

Fiction Writer

Author's Bio

 

Nandini was born and raised in India and has called the United States her second continent for the last thirty years. Wherever she's lived, she's generally turned to books for the answers to life's question, big or small (that includes philosophy and recipes). Her short stories have been published or will be in the Saturday Evening Post Best Short Stories from the Great American Fiction Contest Anthology 2021 (forthcoming 2021), the Good Cop/Bad Cop Anthology (Flowersong Press, 2021), the Gardan Anthology of the Craigardan Artists Residency, Funny Pearls, The Bombay Review, Meat for Tea: the Valley Review, Storyscape Journal, Raising Mothers, The Bangalore Review, OyeDrum, and more. She has attended the Bread Loaf Writers' Workshop and been accepted for residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, VONA, Centrum Writer’s Residency, and the Ragdale Artist’s Residency (forthcoming), among others. She was first runner-up for the Los Angeles Review Flash Fiction contest (2017-2018), a finalist for the Fourth River Folio Contest for Prose Prize (2018), long-listed for the Disquiet International Literary Prize (2019 and 2020), a finalist for the Reynolds-Price International Women's Literary Award (2019), and a finalist for the Saturday Evening Post Great American Stories Contest, 2021.

She’s currently working on a second novel about love, minorities, racism, and Hindutva politics in India and xenophobic mentalities and other mysteries in Donald Trump's America, titled Homeland Blues. She loves (and reads) Jhumpa Lahiri, Megha Majumdar, Amitav Ghosh, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Salman Rushdie, and last but not least, Chimamanda Adichie. She lives outside Houston and serves a marmalade cat.

Find her at Amazon; Author’s Guild; Twitter; Instagram; Facebook; Blog; LinkedIn; YouTube; and Goodreads

Praise for Love's Garden: Buzzfeed; Foreword Reviews; NetGalley Reviews; Medium.com; AwesomeGang.com

Readings:    

Readings and conversations on YouTube:    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2uddkrZJtYL9OxJMjfg1sA?

Reading from Love’s Garden at Readings on the Pike:  December 10, 2020, 7-8 PM EST: https://www.facebook.com/events/34691905...

Reading at the KGB Bar, New York City, Nov 15, 2020, 7-9 PM EST:    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2uddkr...?

Reading at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Nov 13, 6-7 PM CST:    https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=3...

Reading from Love's Garden with special guest Jeannine Ouellette (The Part That Burns, Split Lip Press, 2021), November 1, 7:30 -- 8:30 PM EST (6:30 PM CST)

Book Launch at Brazos Bookstore with special guest Indira Ganesan, Houston, TX, Oct 27, 2020, 7–8 PM CST

Cambridge Writers Workshop and IEE Benefit Reading, July 24, 8-9 PM: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=3...

The Great Indoors Reading Series, New York, June 19, 2020, 8-9 PM; https://www.crowdcast.io/e/the-great-ind...

Podcasts:

The Great Indoors Reading Series podcast:    https://anchor.fm/tgicast/episodes/Nandi...

Interviews:

Antonym Magazine:  https://antonymmag.com/archeology-of-lan...

Authors Guild Member Spotlight:   https://www.authorsguild.org/the-writing...

Blogspot with Deborah Kalb:   https://deborahkalbbooks.blogspot.com/20...

The Little Creative Interview with Scott Coon, author of Lost Helix:    http://www.scottcoonscifi.com/LCI.html

 

Publications & Prizes

Book:
Love’s Garden: A Novel (Aubade Publishing, 2020)
Prizes won: 

First runner-up for the Los Angeles Review Flash Fiction contest (2017-2018), a finalist for the Fourth River Folio Contest for Prose Prize (2018), long-listed for the Disquiet International Literary Prize (2019 and 2020), a finalist for the Reynolds-Price International Women’s Literary Award (2019), and a finalist for the Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest, (2020).

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Charlotte Bronte, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Sally Rooney, Jhumpa Lahiri, Jose Luis Borges, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Charles Dickens, Emile Zola, Charles Baudelaire, Nikolai Gogol, Anna Akhmatova, Octavia Butler, Ayad Akhtar, Leni Zumas
What I'm reading now: 
The Good Immigrant by Shukla and Suleyman, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirely Jackson, Friday Black by Nana Kwameh Adjeyi-Brenyah, Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Indian American
Prefers to work with: 
Homelessness, Illness/Wellness, Immigration, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Teachers, Teenagers, Women
Fluent in: 
Bengali;Bangla, English, Hindi
Born in: 
Kolkata, WB
India
West Bengal
Raised in: 
Durgapur, WB
India
West Bengal
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Last update: Dec 03, 2020