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UCLA Library Writer Series: The Indian Dr. Seuss

by Anushka Ravishankar

Friday, April 20, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library, Presentation Room


One of India's leading children's writers, Anushka Ravishankar specializes in nonsense verse, which has earned her lofty comparisons with Dr. Seuss. Inspired by Lewis Carroll, Edward Gorey, and Edward Lear, she has written more than fifteen books of verse, fiction, and non-fiction, for which she has received international acclaim. Her latest book, Excuses Excuses, comes out in May.


Born and raised in India, Ravishankar earned a college degree in mathematics, did postgraduate work in operational research, then worked as a software programmer.  After her daughter was born, she couldn’t find any suitable Indian children’s books, so she began writing her own. First published in a children’s magazine, then in book format, the stories proved popular; today, she is an associate editor for the Indian office of the children’s publisher Scholastic.  Many of her books are available in the U.S., and several have been translated into French, Japanese, and Korean.


Ravishankar will talk about how she got her start and her writing process, then she’ll read from several of her books.


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Cost: Free and open to the public.

Parking in Structure 5 is $11. Stop at a parking and information booth when entering campus to purchase a parking pass and for directions.


Sponsor(s): Asia Institute, Center for India and South Asia, Student Chapter of the American Library Association, and Young Adults and Children's Student Group

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