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Anil Ananthaswamy, author of three science books shares his journey as an author and a scientist. He will be in conversation with Anita Nair- a well known fiction writer about the craft of narrative non-fiction writing. Anita Nair will share her thought process on narrative-fiction writing as well. The session will give the audience a sense of what’s involved in popular science writing and narrative non-fiction as a genre.
Anil Ananthaswamy is an award-winning journalist and former starﬀ writer and deputy news editor for the London based New Scientist magazine. He has been a guest editor for the science writing program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and organizes and teaches an annual science journalism workshop at the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, India. He is a freelance feature editor for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science’s Front Matter. He contributes regularly to the New Scientist, and has also written for Nature, Scientific American, Quanta, Discover, Nautilus, Aeon, The Wall Street Journal and the UK’s Literary Review. His first book, The Edge of Physics, was voted book of the year in 2010 by Physics World, and his second book, The Man Who Wasn’t There, won a Nautilus Book Award in 2015 and was longlisted for the 2016 Pen/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. His latest popular science book on quantum mechanics, Through Two Doors at Once (August 2018), was named one of Forbes’s 2018 Best Books on Astronomy, Physics and Mathematics.
Anita Nair is the author of the novels The Better Man, Ladies Coupé, Mistress, Lessons in Forgetting, Idris: Keeper of the Light, Alphabet Soup for Lovers and Eating Wasps. She has also authored a crime series featuring Inspector Gowda. Anita Nair’s other books include a collection of poems titled “Malabar Mind”, a collection of essays titled “Goodnight & God Bless” and six books for children. She has also translated into English T.S.Pillai’s Malayalam cult classic Chemmeen. She has also edited a book of writings on Kerala titled Where the Rain is Born. Anita Nair has also written two plays and the screenplay for the movie adaptation of her novel Lessons in Forgetting which was part of the Indian Panorama at IFFI 2012 and won the National Film Award in 2013. Among other awards, she was also given the Central Sahitya Akademi award and the Crossword Prize. Her books have been translated into over thirty one languages around the world.
She is the founder of the creative writing mentorship program Anita’s Attic.