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  • AAPI Heritage Month - Celebrating AAPI voices through music and literature!

    May 25, 2024

    BFO Chamber Series – AAPI Heritage Month

    Cambridge, MA

    Cambridge Public Library (Lecture Hall)

    2:00 PM

    May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! To celebrate, the BFO performs special selections of chamber music that lift up the voices of AAPI performers and composers. We present this concert one day before the 100th anniversary of President Coolidge’s decision to sign the Immigration Act, which included the Asian Exclusion Act. Together we shine a light on local AAPI voices, including guest appearances with several local AAPI authors and researchers. Here, you’ll learn the names of AAPI composers and authors, and explore beautiful and thought-provoking compositions that you may have never heard before!

  • Boston Book Festival

    Oct 14, 2023

    A Second Heart: Novelists on the Pull of the Past

    Boston, MA

    Boston Architectural College - Cascieri Hall

    11:15am EDT

    In his novel The Sea, John Banville writes, “The past beats inside me like a second heart.” Like psychoanalysts, fiction writers mine the past to explore how historical and familial legacies influence their characters’ present day lives. Compelling fictional characters have believable and compelling histories. For those writing historical fiction, providing a past for characters offers a particular set of gifts and challenges. But how do you go about creating layered back stories for figures who aren’t real (though they may be inspired by real people)? Can you overburden your characters with their pasts? A panel of novelists will give concrete examples from their own work and discuss how history—whether personal or interpersonal, national or global—informs character in fiction. Moderated by Margot Livesy

  • Photo of Daphne Kalotay, Michael Brosnan, and Rishi Redd

    Sep 24, 2023

    Three Writers in Early Fall – Daphne Kalotay, Michael Brosnan, Rishi Reddi

    Exeter, NH

    The Word Barn

    4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

    The Word Barn is thrilled to present three talented writers this September — Daphne Kalotay, Michael Brosnan, and Rishi Reddi — as part of the Silo Series.

  • Photo of Shilpi Suneja

    Sep 21, 2023

    Shilpi Suneja in conversation with Rishi Reddi

    Cambridge, MA

    Harvard Book Store

    7:00 PM ET

    Harvard Book Store welcomes SHILPI SUNEJA—winner of the the Saul Bellow Prize and author published in Guernica, McSweeney’s, Cognoscenti, and more—for a discussion of her debut novel House of Caravans. She will be joined in conversation by award-winning author of the novel Passage West, RISHI REDDI.

  • Image promoting the event, Writing For Change Storytelling In A Climate Crisis

    Aug 17, 2023

    Writing for Change: Storytelling In A Climate Crisis

    Boston, MA

    Grub Street


    How can writers use narrative and storytelling to help raise awareness about the ongoing climate crisis?

  • May 15, 2023

    Celebrating AAPI Writers and Their Journeys

    Lexington, MA

    Living Room. Cary Memorial Library

    7:00—8:00 PM

  • Apr 21, 2023

    Author Rishi Reddi spotlights regional East Indian History in Passage West

    Imperial, CA

    The East Indian Gallery of Pioneers’ Museum

    6:30 p.m.

  • Sep 28, 2022

    Writing in Cambridge: Authors Donna Gordon and Rishi Reddi

    Cambridge Public Library

    Main Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA

    6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    Join us for a reading and discussion by two local, debut novelists, Donna Gordon and Rishi Reddi. Donna will be reading from What Ben Franklin Would Have Told Me and Rishi will be reading from Passage West.

  • Photo of Thomas McNeely and the book Pictures of the Shark: Stories

    Aug 1, 2022

    Thomas McNeely at Harvard Book Store in conversation with Rishi Reddi

    Harvard Book Store

    7:00 PM ET

    Harvard Book Store welcomes THOMAS MCNEELY—award-winning author of Ghost Horse—for a discussion of his new collection Pictures of the Shark: Stories. He will be joined in conversation by RISHI REDDI—acclaimed author of the novel Passage West.

  • Jun 10, 2022

    A Reading & Conversation with Rishi Reddi

    Little Crêpe Café

    102 Oxford Street Cambridge MA 02138

    6:00 - 8:00 PM

  • Professor Amartya Sen photo and book cover

    Dec 6, 2021

    Author Series with Nobel-laureate Amartya Sen In Conversation with Rishi Reddi

    Harvard Club of Boston

    6:30pm ET Reception / 7:00pm ET Discussion Begins

    A celebration in anticipation of Nobel-laureate Amartya Sen's long-awaited memoir about home, belonging, inequality, and identity, recounting a singular life devoted to betterment of humanity. Professor Sen will be joined in conversation with local author and award-winning novelist, Rishi Reddi.

  • Nov 15, 2021

    Lily King with Rishi Reddi, Five Tuesdays in Winter

    Potter Square Books

    7 PM

  • Nov 8, 2021

    One City, One Story Author Panel

    Belmont Public Library



    This year’s One City One Story, a short story contest presented by the Boston Book Festival, is Dumba Chora by Waltham author, Chandreyee Lahiri. Join us on Monday, November 8 at 7pm on Zoom for a discussion of the setting (the Sundarbans in India) and themes in her story, such as shifting social mores around Indian ‘arranged marriages’ and relationship challenges that are universal, along with fellow 1C1S (2013) author Rishi Reddi.

  • Boston Book Festival

    Oct 24, 2021

    BBF Unbound: Writing in the Graveyard Shift Panel

    Boston Book Festival



    Desmond Hall, Doris Iarovici, Daphne Kalotay, and Rishi Reddi discuss the challenges of writing their books while balancing day jobs, personal obligations, and more.

  • LITQUAKE event image

    Oct 12, 2021


    San Francisco Literary Festival

    The American Bookbinders Museum

    7:00 to 8:30 pm

  • Festival of Books logo

    Oct 7, 2021

    Rishi Reddi & Dexter Palmer


    Spencertown NY Annual 16th Annual Festival of Books


    Rishi Reddi. Passage West. & Dexter Palmer. Mary Toft; or, The Rabbit Queen.

  • Aug 4, 2021

    MCA Live at The Mansion: Earfull

    Commander's Mansion

    The Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts

    7:00 PM EDT

  • Join Fatema and Sheela in conversation with Rishi Reddi

    Jul 2, 2021

    Fatema and Sheela in conversation with Rishi Reddi


    Instagram Live

    12 PM EST

  • Jan 26, 2021

    Doris Iarovici in conversation with Rishi Reddi


    Belmont Books


    A conversation between authors Doris Iarovici and Rishi Reddi about Doris’ new short story book, Minus One.

  • Craft on Draft

    Oct 29, 2020

    Craft on Draft: Turning Research Into Compelling Stories


    Belmont Books


    With authors Jeffrey Colvin, Daphne Kalotay, and Rishi Reddi, who will discuss using research to craft authentic fiction that engages contemporary readers.

  • Concord Festival of Authors

    Oct 26, 2020

    Concord Festival of Authors Debut Novelists Panel


    Concord Book Festival

    7 pm

    Hosted by A Mighty Blaze with moderator, Rachel Barenbaum.

  • Boston Book Festival

    Oct 23, 2020

    Reading Like a Writer: “Perspective”


    Boston Book Festival

    6:00 to 6:45 pm

    With Margot Livesey, author of The Boy in the Field and host Dawn Tripp.

  • Los Angeles Times Festival of Books logo

    Oct 3, 2020

    LA Times Festival of Books

    Los Angeles, CA

    University of Southern California campus


  • Sep 16, 2020

    In conversation with Mala Patel


    The Mercantile Library


  • Aug 29, 2020

    Indie Bookstore Day


    Independent Bookstore Day

    2pm (Pacific) 5pm (Eastern)

    Writing the West withReyna Grande, Rishi Reddi and Lauren Francis Sharma.

  • Jul 15, 2020

    Virtual Reading

    Facebook Live

    5:30pm (Pacific) 8:30pm (Eastern)

    Hosted by San Francisco’s The Booksmith, The Bindery and San Jose’s India Currents.

  • Jun 17, 2020

    Brookline Booksmith’s Transnational Series Presents: “Reimagining the American West” with Rishi Reddi and C Pam Zhang


    Brookline Booksmith

    7:30 pm

  • Jun 10, 2020

    Alta Asks Live


    Alta Magazine

    12:30 pm PST, 3:30 pm ET

  • Porter Square Books logo

    May 14, 2020

    In-person Book Launch

    Cambridge MA

    Porter Square Books

    7:00 pm

  • May 9, 2020

    Northeastern University School of Law: Zoomin’ In

    Northeastern University School


    12:00 noon

  • May 7, 2020

    The Juggernaut: Instagram Live

    Instagram Live

    The Juggernaut

    12:00 noon

    Log onto your Instagram account. Follow Juggernaut, then in the highlights section at the top—when we're scheduled to speak—you’ll see The Juggernaut lit up with a “live” icon. Click that then you’ll be in the room.

  • Apr 30, 2020

    Virtual Book Launch Party



    7:00 pm

    Can order personalized signed copies (deadline April 30), to be shipped week of May 4th from Porter Square Books

  • Concord Free Public Library logo

    Apr 24, 2020

    On-Line Book Talk & Reading

    Live Video Event

    Concord Free Public Library

    7:00 pm

    Buy Passage West from Concord Bookshop