Live via Zoom:
Wednesday, September 8, 7:30 PM ET
Book Launch: Jai Chakrabarti presents A Play for the End of the World
In conversation with Brigid Hughes
Co-presented with A Public Space
Prize-winning fiction writer Jai Chakrabarti comes to Greenlight (virtually!) to launch his debut novel, A Play for the End of the World! Jaryk Smith and Lucy Gardner are in the first bloom of love when they receive word that Jaryk's oldest friend has died under mysterious circumstances in a rural village in eastern India. Travelling there alone to collect his friend's ashes, Jaryk soon finds himself enmeshed in the chaos of local politics and efforts to stage a play in protest against the government—the same play that he performed as a child in Warsaw as an act of resistance against the Nazis. An unforgettable love story, a provocative exploration of the role of art in times of political upheaval, and a deeply moving reminder of the power of the past to shape the present, A Play for the End of the World is a remarkable debut from an exciting new voice in fiction. Chakrabarti is joined in conversation by Brigid Hughes of A Public Space, an independent nonprofit publisher of an eponymous award-winning literary, arts, and culture magazine, and A Public Space Books. Under the direction of founding editor Brigid Hughes since 2006, it has been their mission to seek out overlooked and unclassifiable work, and to publish writing from beyond established confines.
A dazzling debut novel--set in early 1970's New York and rural India--the story of a turbulent, unlikely romance, a harrowing account of the lasting horrors of the Second World War, and a searing examination of one man's search for forgiveness and acceptance.
"Looks deeply at the echoes and overlaps among art, resistance, love, and history ... an impressive debut." --Meg Wolitzer, best-selling author of The Female Persuasion