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SOLD OUT - Capitalism: A Ghost Story -- An Evening with Arundhati Roy and Siddhartha Deb

SOLD OUT - Capitalism: A Ghost Story -- An Evening with Arundhati Roy and Siddhartha Deb

John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center
General Public 

This event is at capacity. Advanced registration was required and seating is first-come, first-served for those already on the list. No more reservations are being taken.  For those with reservations, please note the new address is Tishman Auditorium, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets. 

We have arranged for an overflow room nearby. If you cannot get into the main room or arrive late even though you had a reservation, there will be group seating at: The Auditorium at the New School, 66 West 12th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues), NYC.

If you can't get a ticket, or live far away, a livestream of the evening will be available. The link is below.

The School of Writing at The New School and Haymarket Books present a reading and conversation with Siddhartha Deb, and acclaimed novelist and essayist Arundhati Roy on the occasion of the launch of her new book Capitalism: A Ghost Story (Haymarket Books).

From the poisoned rivers, barren wells, and clear-cut forests, to the hundreds of thousands of farmers who have committed suicide to escape punishing debt, to the hundreds of millions of people who live on less than two dollars a day, there are ghosts nearly everywhere you look in India. India is a nation of 1.2 billion, but the country’s 100 richest people own assets equivalent to one-fourth of India’s gross domestic product. Capitalism: A Ghost Story examines the dark side of democracy in contemporary India, and shows how the demands of globalized capitalism has subjugated billions of people to the highest and most intense forms of racism and exploitation.

Arundhati Roy was born in 1959 in Shillong, India. She studied architecture in New Delhi, where she now lives. She has worked as a film designer and screenplay writer in India. Roy is the author of the novel The God of Small Things, for which she received the 1997 Booker Prize. The novel has been translated into dozens of languages worldwide. She has also written several non-fiction books, including The Cost of Living, Power Politics, War Talk, An Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire, and Public Power in the Age of Empire. Roy was featured in the BBC television documentary Dam/age, which is about the struggle against big dams in India. A collection of interviews with Arundhati Roy by David Barsamian was published as The Checkbook and the Cruise Missile. She is a contributor to the Verso anthology Kashmir: The Case for Freedom. Her newest books are Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers and Capitalism: A Ghost Story, published by Haymarket Books, and Walking with the Comrades, published by Penguin. Roy is the recipient of the 2002 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Prize.

Siddhartha Deb, who teaches creative writing at The New School, is the author of two novels: The Point of Return, which was a 2003 New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and An Outline of the Republic. His reviews and journalism have appeared in The Boston Globe, The Guardian, Harper’s Magazine, The Nation, New Statesman, n+1, and The Times Literary Supplement. He is also the author of The Beautiful and the Damned: A Portrait of the New India.

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This event is at capacity. No more reservations are being taken but a livestream will be available on the evening of the event here.

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