The Betsy Writer’s Room welcomes Tanwi Nandini Islam

Photo Credit Scott Dunn
Photo Credit Scott Dunn

Excerpt from The Miami New Times, “TANWI NANDINI ISLAM ON HER BOOK TOUR: ‘I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE CROWD IN MIAMI'”

(By Dana de Graff, 12/10/2015)

What do you get when you cross Brooklyn and Bangladesh, a coming-of-age tale with subtle wisdom, the hardships of reality and a healthy dose of hallucination? Bright Lines, a debut novel that will make you feel strangely at home in its fabricated world (it also happens to be a finalist for the 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize). Tanwi Nandini Islam, much like the characters in her book, has led an eclectic life thus far, working as a community activist, playwright, and artist before becoming a published author. The obsession with reading and books started early on, thanks to her parents.

“I grew up in a family that wanted me to be a literary person,” says Islam. “I remember my father would take us to the library and we’d get lost and collect all sorts of books and then he’d ask us to do a written synopsis on each book we read. I really used to hate it, but now I’m grateful that he made us do that.”


Reading Salon at The Betsy

We were delighted to welcome Tanwi Nandini Islam for a reading on Saturday, December 12, 2015 – with the “crowd in Miami” she was looking forward to.

Authors at The Betsy
Authors Jaquira Diaz and Tanwi Nandini Islam, in Bbar at The Betsy-South Beach
December 12, 2015, at a reading/salon for BRIGHT LINES (Penguin, 2015)
Tanwi Nandini Islam at B Bar
Author, Tanwi Nandini Islam in BBar at The Betsy-South Beach on a book tour for BRIGHT LINES (Penguin, 2015)
Authors' Dinner at The Betsy
Dinner with writers Tanwi Nandini Islam and Jaquira Diaz, after the salon/reading – at The Betsy-South Beach, December 12, 2015