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About the Author:
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Chitra Divakaruni will be on our campus on Thursday, October 25, 2012 for a variety of events.


Chitra Divakaruni is an award-winning author, poet, and professor at the University of Houston, where she is the Betty and Gene McDavid Professor of Creative Writing.

Divakaruni is a winner of an American Book Award, a Light of India Award, a PEN Josephine Miles Award, a South Asian Literature Association Lifetime Award, an Allen Ginsberg poetry prize and two Pushcart prizes, among others.

Her work has been published in over 50 magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker, and her writing has been included in over 50 anthologies. Her books have been translated into 29 languages, including Dutch, Hebrew and Japanese.

Two of her books, The Mistress of Spices and Sister of My Heart, have been made into movies by filmmakers Gurinder Chadha and Paul Berges (an English film) and Suhasini Mani Ratnam (a Tamil TV serial) respectively. Mistress of Spices was shortlisted for the Orange Prize.


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Information regarding Ms. Divakaruni was taken from her website,

last update: May 3, 2012