BPL Presents is proud to partner with Greenlight Books to host Arundhati Roy for the paperback launch of her bestselling and award-winning novel The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. In conversation with Robin Desser.

A dazzling, richly moving new novel by the internationally celebrated author of The God of Small Things. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on an intimate journey of many years across the Indian subcontinent—from the cramped neighborhoods of Old Delhi and the roads of the new city to the mountains and valleys of Kashmir and beyond, where war is peace and peace is war.

It is an aching love story and a decisive remonstration, a story told in a whisper, in a shout, through unsentimental tears and sometimes with a bitter laugh. Each of its characters is indelibly, tenderly rendered. Its heroes are people who have been broken by the world they live in and then rescued, patched together by acts of love—and by hope. 

Each $19 ticket includes admission to the event, as well as a paperback copy of The Ministry of Utmost Happiness; books are distributed at the event. Ms. Roy will sign books following the conversation.

Robin Desser is the Editorial Director at Alfred A. Knopf. In addition to Arundhati Roy, authors she’s worked with include: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, A.S. Byatt, Anne Carson, Sandra Cisneros, Edwidge Danticat, David Guterson, Cristina Henriquez, Alan Hollinghurst, Hope Jahren, Jhumpa Lahiri, Barry Lopez, Valeria Luiselli, Daniel Mendelsohn, Claire Messud, Steven Millhauser, James Salter, Esmeralda Santiago, Jane Smiley, Patti Smith, Tracy K. Smith, Cheryl Strayed, and Abraham Verghese.

Photo ©Mayank Austen Soofi

This event is accessible for those who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Open Captioning service is being provided, in part, by a grant from NYSCA/TDF TAP Plus. This event is accessible for those who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Open Captioning service is being provided, in part, by a grant from NYSCA/TDF TAP Plus.

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