Presented by The Aga Khan Council for the Southwestern United States with promotional support provided by Inprint
A moderated panel event on turning thoughts into novels: Come learn from three Houston-area published authors—Bapsi Sidhwa, Rodney Walther, and Ann Weisgarber—as they discuss how to take your personal thoughts, ideas, and perspectives, mold them into usable, written form, and share them for the world to own and act on. The authors will also be available at the end to sign copies of their books.
Bapsi Sidhwa is one of South Asia’s most distinguished writers. Her novels reflect her personal experience of the Indian subcontinent partition, abuse against women, and immigration to the U.S. Her novels include: The Crow Eaters, The Pakistani Bride, Cracking India [titled Ice-Candy-Man in Britian and India], An American Brat, Water, and an anthology titled City of Sin and Splendour: Writings on Lahore. Her first collection of short stories: Their Language of Love, was recently published by Penguin in India and Pakistan. She is an active Women’s Rights spokesperson and sat on the advisory committee to Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto on Women’s Development. She has taught at Columbia University, Mt. Holyoke College, Brandeis University, and the University of Southampton, UK. Among her many honors Sidhwa received the Sitara-i-Imtiaz, Pakistan’s highest national honor in the arts, and the Bunting Fellowship at Radcliffe/Harvard.
Rodney Walther, a long-time Sugar Land resident, is the award-winning author of two bestselling novels, Broken Laces and Space In The Heart, emotional stories that weave together themes of regret, grief, and parenthood. Known for his smooth narrative style and strong voice, Walther has been recognized across the country with numerous awards for his fiction. He has been honored with first place awards from Houston Writers Guild, West Virginia Writers, Crested Butte Writers, Maryland Writers’ Association, and others, plus has twice earned finalist status from the Writers’ League of Texas.
Ann Weisgarber is the author of The Promise and The Personal History of Rachel DuPree. The Promise was shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, was a finalist for the Spur Award for Best Western Historical Fiction, and was a finalist for the Ohioana Book Award for Fiction. The Personal History of Rachel DuPree was nominated for England’s 2009 Orange Prize and for the 2009 Orange Award for New Writers. In the United States, The Personal History of Rachel DuPree won the Stephen Turner Award for New Fiction and the Langum Prize for American Historical Fiction. Ann graduated from Wright State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and earned a Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Houston. She has been a social worker in psychiatric and nursing home facilities, and taught sociology at Wharton County Junior College in Texas.