Episode 4: Tanwi Nandini Islam

Author photo by Scott Dunn.

Author photo by Scott Dunn.

Episode 4

Tanwi Nandini Islam is the author of Bright Lines (Penguin 2015), a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, Edmund White Debut Fiction Award and the Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize, and the inaugural selection of the First Lady of NYC's Gracie Book Club. She is the founder of Hi Wildflower, a fragrance and beauty house. A graduate of Brooklyn College MFA and Vassar College, she lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Discussed In This Episode

Letting go of pages (a lot of them). "Sometimes you don't start the book in the right place." MFA in NYC. Adding your voice to the cultural conversation. Getting a book deal, losing a job. Writing by hand. Journals and heart chakras. Why tell a story? "Assessing the mountain and starting the climb." Writing overnight. Investing in help. Cutting what you thought was inherent to the story.

Recommended Reading

Bright Lines, Tanwi Nandini Islam (Amazon | IndieBound)
The Moor's Account, Laila Lalami (Amazon | IndieBound)
Tahmima Anam (Amazon | IndieBound)
Abeer Hoque (Amazon | IndieBound
 

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