Nandini Bhattacharya

Fiction Writer

Author's Bio

Nandini Bhattacharya is a Writer and Professor of English at Texas A&M University. Her fields of expertise are South Asia Studies, Indian Cinema, Postcolonial Studies and Colonial Discourse Analysis, Women’s Studies, and Creative Writing. She has published three scholarly books on these subjects, the latest being Hindi Cinema: Repeating the Subject (Routledge 2012). Her first novel Love’s Garden was published in October 2020. Her work has been published or will be in Oyster River PagesSky Island Journal, the Saturday Evening Post Best Short Stories from the Great American Fiction Contest Anthology 2021, the Good Cop/Bad Cop Anthology (Flowersong Press, 2021)Funny PearlsThe Bombay ReviewMeat for Tea: the Valley ReviewThe Bangalore Review, PANK, and more. She has attended the Bread Loaf Writers' Workshop and been accepted for residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and VONA. Her awards include first runner-up for the Los Angeles Review Flash Fiction contest (2017-2018), long-listed for the Disquiet International Literary Prize (2019 and 2020), and Honorable Mention for the Saturday Evening Post Great American Stories Contest, 2021. She’s currently working on Homeland Blues, her second novel, about love, caste, colorism, and violent religious fundamentalism in India, and racism and xenophobia in post-Donald Trump AmericaShe lives outside Houston. You can find her on Amazon, Twitter; Instagram, Facebook and her Blog

Reviews: Buzzfeed, Foreword  Available at Amazon.comIndiebound BookbubBookshop  Scholarly work:--- Hindi Cinema:  Repeating the Subject (2012)--- Slavery, Colonialism and Connoisseurship: Gender and Eighteenth-Century Literary Transnationalism (2006)--- Reading the Splendid Body: Gender and Consumerism in Eighteenth-Century British Writing on India (1998)  Personal websites:amazon author pageauthor's guild  Readings and Events:

Invited Reading at Lit Balm: an Interactive Livestream Reading Series, February 27, 2021

Invited Workshop and Reading with a focus on Love’s Garden at Dev Samaj College for Women, Panjab University, India, February 2, 2021

Featured Reading from Love’s Garden in the Hidden Timber Book Reading Series, January 24, 2021

Featured Reading at Sacred Grounds Bookstore in San Francisco, January 13, 2021

Reading at the KGB Bar, New York City, Nov 15, 2020

Readings and Conversations on Youtube  Podcasts:Desi Books Episode 21  Interviews:

Author’s Guild Author Spotlight, Tupelo Quarterly



Publications & Prizes

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 and honorable mention 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, Leni Zumas, Jose Saramago, Sigrid Nunez
What I'm reading now: 
Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirely Jackson, Friday Black by Nana Kwameh Adjeyi-Brenyah, The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing, Bound by Antonya Nelson

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
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
West Bengal
Raised in: 
Durgapur, WB
West Bengal
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Last update: Jul 08, 2021