Boston Book Festival 2021 Boston Book Festival 2021

One City One Story

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Chandreyee Lahiri
One City One Story, Thursday, October 21 | virtual

Chandreyee Lahiri was born in Kolkata, India but spent parts of her childhood in Africa and various parts of the Middle East before returning to the homeland in her teens. She moved to the USA for a graduate degree in Geography that led to a twenty-five-year career in GIS for environmental management, much of it for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Over the years she has scratched her itch for writing in the thin slivers of free time that exist in the life of a working mother. This has taken the form of blogging, running flash fiction groups, curating a children's magazine for her son, writing children's stories (in verse and in prose), entering contests and public storytelling (in the tradition of The Moth). She believes in incremental change and tries to engage in community organizing even if on a small scale. Lahiri greatly values small moments which are frequently the focus of her blog posts and hopes to one day publish her short stories, children's literature and narrative nonfiction about her life. She tends to be maniacally optimistic about the goodness in people, especially when presented with evidence to the contrary. She lives in Waltham with her husband and fourteen-year-old son, who often provide fodder for her stories.

Alicia Anstead
Thursday, October 21 | virtual

Alicia Anstead is a writer, editor, producer and educator. She is the director for programming at the Office for the Arts at Harvard, where she also teaches narrative journalism. She is formerly the executive editor of Inside Arts, the magazine for the Association of Performing Arts Professionals in Washington, DC, and of The Writer magazine in Boston. She has been lead arts reporter at the Bangor Daily News in Maine, and her work has also appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Scientific American, the Harvard Gazette and Art New England. She has been an arts contributor to the Callie Crossley Show and Under the Radar with Callie Crossley on WGBH in Boston and NPR's Morning Edition. An English department graduate of American University (B.A.) and the University of Maine (M.A.), she has been a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia University, and NEA arts editor program at Duke University. She has been a contributing producer, editor and strategist for APAP|NYC, the largest annual conference of performing arts professionals, the Sphinx Organization where she co-produced the first two SphinxCon conferences on diversity in the arts, the Boston Book Festival, Shakespeare in Stonington at Opera House Arts, Sister Cities International and the National Archives Foundation.

Sutapa and Shekhar are newlyweds aboard a stuck boat in the Sundarbans, with only their boatman Rehman to help. How will they, their boat, and their relationship last through the night, with the forest's inhabitants so close nearby? "Dumba Chora," this year's One City One Story selection by author Chandreyee Lahiri, tells the story. Find "Dumba Chora" at a location near you, or on the BBF site, then be sure to check out our conversation with the author, facilitated by Alicia Anstead, associate director for programming at Harvard's Office of the Arts. Sponsored by Plymouth Rock Assurance.