Live via Zoom:
Tuesday, February 23, 7:30 PM ET
Book Launch: Priyanka Champaneri presents The City of Good Death
In conversation with Grace Talusan
Greenlight is thrilled to host Priyanka Champaneri, winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, for the launch of her transcendent debut novel, The City of Good Death. Banaras, Varanasi, Kashi: India’s holy city on the banks of the Ganges has many names but holds one ultimate promise for Hindus. It is the place where pilgrims come for a good death, to be released from the cycle of reincarnation by purifying fire. Pramesh welcomes and assists the dying as the dutiful manager of a death hostel in Kashi. After ten years in the timeless city, Pramesh can nearly persuade himself that here, there is no past or future. But one day the past arrives in the lifeless form of a man pulled from the river—a man with an uncanny resemblance to Pramesh. Told in lush, vivid detail and with an unforgettable cast of characters, The City of Good Death is a remarkable debut novel of family and love, memory and ritual, and the ways in which we honor the living and the dead. Grace Talusan, author of The Body Papers and past winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, joins Champaneri in conversation at this virtual book launch!