This is mostly for…

This is mostly for lovers of S. Asian literature in the Chicago area -- a long-overdue apology, and an invitation:

I'm sorry for the late notice on this, everyone -- this past June we finally made our long-awaited move to a house in Oak Park (our 4th move in two years), and it just ate up a few months. I am only now coming back to the net, to tell you that we're going to wait on the next Kriti Festival until 2012. Several folks attended multiple planning meetings and then made a valiant effort to find us a free venue downtown on short notice so that we could collaborate with the Eye on India festival, but although the Chicago Cultural Center did offer us a theatre for two evenings, we just weren't able to locate the kind of space we needed overall. For 2012, if we're going to continue with our plan to try to make the next Kriti festival free to the public (which I would dearly like to do), we're going to need to start both space-planning and fund-raising much earlier. Lesson learned. Expect to hear more about Kriti 2012 this September, as well as a run-up of DesiLit-sponsored literary events throughout the coming year.

That said, this summer is not entirely free of S. Asian literature. This coming Saturday, I hope you can make it down to the Art Institute for Eye on India's literature panels. I'll be hosting the 3 p.m. discussion with Hari Kunzru and Shrabani Basu, and there are other readings and discussions all day, free with your museum admission. Full details.

Hope you can make it!

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