Book Reading Session of Novella ‘Read / Read’ – October 7, 2018

Poster_Delhi Reading - Pia Bakshi

A writer writes. A reader reads. What about the characters developed – the fulcrum of the story? Do they get written or do they get read? Read/Read explores the relationship between a writer and the character she develops in pursuit of completing a book. The writer is Elixir Banks, a 28-year-old from Philadelphia, who has recently moved to Mumbai, India to finish writing a novel. What follows, is a creative process and a personal discourse that changes her and the work she produces, substantially. The character is Smith, lost on the pages of Elixir’s diary and her screen. All through the mundane occurrences of her life, he is a constant. He has suffered birth, death, change, desire, hate and transformation all in the hands of Elixir as she creates and recreates him. The novella uses a relatable objective correlative, that of a novel, to extrapolate on the politics of identity and ownership of that identity- what one is reading and what has been read.

Pia’s literary interests are found at the cusp of a world that is at once Kafkaesque and at once Romantic. A better part of her day goes in reconciling this binary.

An ardent student of literature, a scriptwriter and a language and elocution coach, she writes fiction inspired by Literary Theory particularly moved by Barthes and Rosenblatt and poetry inspired by collective and individual human experience. A Charles Wallace India Trust Fellow at SUISS, University of Edinburgh and a Young India Fellow with a Masters in Liberal Studies from Ashoka University, Pia practices Zentangle and Abstract Expressionism. She runs PhilARThropy, a volunteer-driven social organisation, committed to creating an inclusive and accessible space for art through her work in under-resourced communities. She is a singer-songwriter who also plays the guitar and the ukulele.
Some of her songs also find mention in the book. 

Free and open to all.

Kunzum Travel Cafe, T-49, Ground Floor Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi 11016, India

October 7, 2018
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.



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