Meet Veera Hiranandani, author of the 2019 Newbery Honor Award book, The Night Diary
(Kokila), a poignant and gripping story of a young girl's search for home, her identity and a hopeful future set in the backdrop of Partition in 1947.
Veera will read an excerpt from the heart of The Night Diary and talk about her writing process and how she came to write The Night Diary which was inspired by her father's experiences during Partition.
In addition to the Newbery Honor Award, The Night Diary received the 2019 Walter Dean Myers Honor Award and the 2018 Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children's Literature. The Night Diary has been featured on NPR's Weekend Edition, is a New York Times Editor's Choice Pick, and was chosen as a 2018 Best Children's Book of the Year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Amazon, School Library Journal, and Kirkus Reviews, among others. Veera is also the author of The Whole Story of Half a Girl, which was named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and a South Asian Book Award Finalist, and the chapter book series, Phoebe G. Green. She earned her MFA in fiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College. A former book editor at Simon & Schuster, she now teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College's Writing Institute and is working on her next novel.
The Night Diary is recommended for children 9+ and adults.
This event is co-sponsored by the India Cultural Center of Greenwich. ICC, founded in 2012, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to promote Indian culture and arts in the Lower Fairfield and Westchester areas. Our objective is to organize Indian cultural programs and events on a secular basis. Our programs are targeted towards both the Indian American diaspora and our community at large. To learn about ICC, please visit https://iccgreenwich.org.