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Akil Kumarasamy

Meet Us By The Roaring Sea

Akil Kumarasamy is the author of the recent novel Meet Us by the Roaring Sea and the linked story collection, Half Gods, which was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice, was awarded the Bard Fiction Prize and the Story Prize Spotlight Award, and was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, American Short Fiction, BOMB, and elsewhere. 

In Meet Us by the Roaring Sea, in the near future, a young woman finds her mother’s body starfished on the kitchen floor in Queens and sets out on a journey through language, archives, artificial intelligence, and TV for a way back into herself. She begins to translate an old manuscript about a group of female medical students—living through a drought and at the edge of the war—as they create a new way of existence to help the people around them. In the process, the translator’s life and the manuscript begin to become entangled. Written in vivid and pulsating prose, alternating between the young woman’s present life and passages of the translated manuscript, the novel is a remarkable, genre-bending exploration of memory, technology, friendship, love, consciousness, and the costs of caring for others in an age when we are so often lost in the swamps of our own minds. 

October 27, 12 - 1pm, Thursday

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Aamina Ahmad + Akil Kumarasamy

In The Return of Faraz Ali, a man is sent back to his birthplace—Lahore, Pakistan’s notorious red-light district—to hush up the murder of a girl, and finds himself in an unexpected reckoning with his past.

In Meet Us by the Roaring Sea, in the near future, a young woman finds her mother’s body starfished on the kitchen floor in Queens and sets out on a journey through language, archives, artificial intelligence, and TV for a way back into herself.

Noon-1 p.m., virtual

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