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Khabaar & The Perishing

Madhushree Ghosh & Natashia Deón

Warwick’s presents
Madhushree Ghosh & Natashia Deón

Khabaar & The Perishing

Thursday, September 29, 2022 - 7:30pm PDT

7812 Girard Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
Khabaar & The Perishing
Khabaar & The Perishing
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$19.95+tax: One reserved seat and one copy of KHABAAR, to be picked up at Warwick's the evening of the event; or $26+tax: One reserved seat and one copy of THE PERISHING to be picked up at Warwick's the evening of the event

PLEASE NOTE: This event is free and open to the public; free admittance is subject to available space. Limited open seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until we reach capacity. To ensure admittance, we encourage you to reserve seating for everyone in your party by pre-ordering one book per seat through Warwick's

On Thursday, September 29th at 7:30pm Warwick's will host Madhushree Ghosh and Natashia Deón as they discuss and sign their books, Khabaar: An Immigrant Journey of Food, Memory, and Family and The Perishing.

Madhushree Ghosh is the daughter of refugees, an immigrant, a woman of color in oncology diagnostics and a social justice activist. Her nonfiction been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Longreads, Bomb Magazine, Catapult, Guernica, The Kitchn, Serious Eats, The Rumpus and others. Her work has been awarded a Notable Mention in Best American Essays in Food Writing and a Pushcart Prize nomination. She actively mentors women leaders in science and hosts food and discourse events at her home in San Diego. Madhushree has a PhD in biochemistry and a postdoctoral fellowship in molecular biology from Johns Hopkins University. She is also certified in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion from Cornell University as well as in Conflict Management and Global Negotiations from Thunderbird University, AZ.

Natashia Deón is a two-time NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Literature, Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Award Nominee in Fiction, a practicing criminal attorney, and author of the critically acclaimed and widely-reviewed novels, The Perishing and Grace, which was named a Best Book by the New York Times and awarded Best Debut Novel by the American Library Association’s Black Caucus. A PEN America Fellow, Deón has also been awarded fellowships and residencies at Yale, Prague’s Creative Writing Program, Dickinson House in Belgium and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She is a professor of creative writing at Yale, UCLA, and Antioch University. Her personal essays have been featured in The New York Times, Harper’s, The Los Angeles Times, Harper’s Bazaar, American Short Fiction, Buzzfeed and other places.

About Khabaar: Khabaar is a food memoir and personal narrative that braids the global journeys of South Asian food through immigration, migration, and indenture. Focusing on chefs, home cooks, and food stall owners, the book questions what it means to belong and what does belonging in a new place look like in the foods carried over from the old country? These questions are integral to the author's own immigrant journey to America as a daughter of Indian refugees (from what's now Bangladesh to India during the 1947 Partition of India); as a woman of color in science; as a woman who left an abusive marriage; and as a woman who keeps her parents' memory alive through her Bengali food.

About The Perishing: Lou, a young Black woman, wakes up in an alley in 1930s Los Angeles with no memory of how she got there or where she's from. Taken in by a caring foster family, Lou dedicates herself to her education while trying to put her mysterious origins behind her. She'll go on to become the first Black female journalist at the Los Angeles Times, but Lou's extraordinary life is about to take an even more remarkable turn. When she befriends a firefighter at a downtown boxing gym, Lou is shocked to realize that though she has no memory of meeting him, she's been drawing his face for years.

Increasingly certain that their paths previously crossed - and beset by unexplainable flashes from different eras haunting her dreams - Lou begins to believe she may be an immortal sent here for a very important reason, one that only others like her can explain. Setting out to investigate the mystery of her existence, Lou must make sense of the jumble of lifetimes calling to her, just as new forces threaten the existence of those around her.

Immersed in the rich historical tapestry of Los Angeles - Prohibition, the creation of Route 66, and the collapse of the St. Francis Dam - The Perishing is a stunning examination of love and justice through the eyes of one miraculous woman whose fate seems linked to the city she comes to call home.

Khabaar: An Immigrant Journey of Food, Memory, and Family (FoodStory) By Madhushree Ghosh Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609388232
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University Of Iowa Press - April 4th, 2022

The Perishing: A Novel By Natashia Deón Cover Image
ISBN: 9781640093027
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Counterpoint - November 9th, 2021