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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Chitra Banerjee DivakaruniPhone: 713.743-2967

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is the author of 15 books, and her work has been published in over 50 magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker, printed in over 50 anthologies, and translated into 13 languages, including Dutch, Hebrew and Japanese. She earned her master’s from Wright State and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Her writing has won the American Book Award, two Pushcart Prizes, two PEN Syndicated Fiction Awards, the C.Y. Lee Creative Writing Award, and the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Prize, and she has been chosen for the Woman of Achievement Award, the Woman of Vision Award, and two National Excellence in Teaching Awards. She serves on the board of Maitri in the San Francisco Bay Area and on the Advisory Board of Daya in Houston. Both organizations help South Asian or South Asian American women who are victims of abusive relationships. She is also on the board of Pratham, an organization that helps educate children (especially those living in urban slums) in India. 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.

Shadowland: Book III of the Brotherhood of the Conch (Roaring Brook Press)
The Palace of Illusions (Doubleday 2008)
The Mirror of Fire and Dreaming (Aladdin 2005)
Queen of Dreams (Doubleday 2004)
California Uncovered: Stories for the 21st Century (Califronia Council for the Humanities 2004)
The Conch Bearer (Roaring Brook Press 2003)
Neela: Victory Song (Pleasant Company 2002)
Vine of Desire (Doubleday 2002)
The Unknown Errors of Our Lives (Doubleday 2001)
Sister of My Heart (Doubleday 1999)
The Mistress of Spices (Doubleday 1997)
Leaving Yuba City (Poems, Anchor/Doubleday1997)
Arranged Marriage (Anchor Doubleday 1995)
Black Candle (Calyx Books1991)
The Reason for Nasturtiums (Berkeley Poets Press 1990)