Today in the ArtZany! Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomes writer Veera Hiranandani, author of The Night Diary.
The Night Diary is a great summer read about India’s partition, a division that spawned vicious xenophobia and caused the largest human migration in history and the upheaval of more than 12 million lives overnight. It is a story of loss and hope, of refugees and identity, of little-known histories and at its heart, it is the story of a young girl desperately trying to understand the rapidly changing world around her. Told through twelve-year-old Nisha’s letters to her mother, The Night Diary is a story of one girl’s search for home, for her own identity…and for a hopeful future.
Veera Hiranandani is the author of The Night Diary (Dial), which was featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition and is a New York Times Editor’s Choice Pick, The Whole Story of Half a Girl (Yearling), which was named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and a South Asian Book Award Finalist, and the chapter book series, Phoebe G. Green (Grosset & Dunlap). 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.