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Roselee Blooston commented on the blog post 'It’s Book Tour Time Again!'
"Thanks for this, Chitra. Great tips.  Very useful and timely since I'm about to plan a tour for my upcoming memoir, DYING IN DUBAI. I will take your advice, especially about just one carry-on bag! "
Apr 26
Iris Waichler commented on the blog post 'It’s Book Tour Time Again!'
"Hi Chitra:    Thanks so much for your post. I found your tips very useful. It is also nice to hear someone else talk about their anxiety when they do these tours. I find comfort in not being the only one to have these feelings. Good luck…"
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It’s Book Tour Time Again!

My carry-on is on my bed and I’m hyperventilating. Yes, you’ve guessed it: I’m getting ready for a book tour. Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally excited to present to readers my new novel, Before We Visit the Goddess, about three generations of Indian women in a family--grandmother, mother and daughter--and the ways in which they love and support each other and also drive each other crazy. And I’m very appreciative that Simon & Schuster is sending me to all these cities.…See More
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It’s Book Tour Time Again!

My carry-on is on my bed and I’m hyperventilating. Yes, you’ve guessed it: I’m getting ready for a book tour. Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally excited to present to readers my new novel, Before We Visit the Goddess, about three generations of Indian women in a family--grandmother, mother and daughter--and the ways in which they love and support each other and also drive each other crazy. And I’m very appreciative that Simon & Schuster is sending me to all these cities.…See More
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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni commented on the blog post 'Countdown to Publication (the last one): 3 Days'
"Thanks, Valerie! It's a lovely quote, and quite timeless, isn't it. All of us writers can relate to it, I think."
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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni commented on the blog post 'Countdown to Publication (the last one): 3 Days'
"Thanks, Pamela--you have a great book tour, too."
Mar 27, 2013
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni commented on the blog post 'Countdown to Publication (the last one): 3 Days'
"Thanks, Kathleen. It is yours--Chaucer would want you to have it!"
Mar 27, 2013

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Who I am:
Website: www.chitradivakaruni.com
blog, titled Amazing Things http://www.chitradivakaruni.com/blog/
Facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chitra-Banerjee-Divakaruni/123916900105
Twitter handle: chitradivakarun http://twitter.com/ChitraDivakarun
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
Novels:
One Amazing Thing (Feb 2010)
The Palace of Illusions
Queen of Dreams
The Vine of Desire
Sister of My Heart
Mistress of Spices
Short Story Collections:
Unknown Errors of Our Lives
Arranged Marriage
Children's/Young Adult fiction:
The Conch Bearer
The Mirror of Fire and Dreaming
Shadowland
Neela: Victory Song
Poetry:
Leaving Yuba City
Black Candle
The Reason for Nasturtiums (out of print)
Dark Like the River (out of print)
Anthologies edited:
Multitude
We, Too, Sing America
California Uncovered: Stories for the 21st Century
Media outlets that I currently write for:
I write intermittently for: the LA times, the Washington Post and the SF Chronicle
My writing is:
Fiction, Poetry, Screenwriting
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
I review books (intermittently) and write op ed pieces
Services I offer to other writers:
I teach in the Creative Writing program at the University of Houston and am available to students in that program.
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
I am part of Red Room
My professional associations:
I am a member of Texas Institute of Letters and Asia Society.
I serve as a board member for Pratham USA, a literacy organization helping disadvantaged children in India.
I am on the advisory board of Daya, an organization working with survivors of domestic violence.

Chitra's new Novel, One Amazing Thing. Read the 1st chapter at: http://www.chitradivakaruni.com/books/one_amazing_thing

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's Blog

It’s Book Tour Time Again!

Posted on April 25, 2016 at 12:30pm 4 Comments

My carry-on is on my bed and I’m hyperventilating. Yes, you’ve guessed it: I’m getting ready for a book tour. Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally excited to present to readers my new novel, Before We Visit the Goddess, about three generations of Indian women in a family--grandmother, mother and daughter--and the ways in which they love and support each other and also drive each other…

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Countdown to Publication (the last one): 3 Days

Posted on March 16, 2013 at 12:00am 12 Comments

Dear SheWriters,

It is now a matter of hours, of breaths.

I am about to start on my journey, bearing Oleander Girl to her readers.

Yes, I’m elated.

Yes, I’m terrified.

Above all, I feel a strange quiet. I’ve done everything I could. I've written the best book I knew how to write. It’s now in larger hands than mine. The hands of the Universe.

In the coming months I will depend on the kindness of friends—and sometimes strangers. And on…

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Countdown to Publication—10 days

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

Dear She Writers,

Only 10 days to the official publication of Oleander Girl!

I say "official" because I did my first Oleander Girl event last night at Asia Society Texas, in Houston.

This happened because of a number of reasons, the first being that I'd been invited to participate in the Tucson Book Festival, which starts from tonight (3/8). 

I was up at the crack of dawn this morning, driving to the airport by 6 a.m., with ample chocolate fortifications…

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Countdown to Publication—20 days

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 10:30pm 16 Comments

Dear She Writers,

I can't believe that in about 3 weeks Oleander Girl will hit the bookstores!

Sometimes I'm elated when I think this; at other times I'm overwhelmed.

My brain is a constant flurry of trying to remember the million things that must be done before starting book tour--guest blog posts written, email interview questions answered, facebook entries made, friends in different cities informed of my events, flights and hotels booked, publicity questions handled,…

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At 9:55am on August 28, 2012, Mary L. Holden said…

OLEANDER GIRL...fascinating title. I just started using a product for my skin called Nerium. It is made from oleanders. It is supposed to erase wrinkles. Like time travel for your face?

At 1:34pm on January 11, 2010, Meg Waite Clayton said…
Thanks for the tip on resizing cover!
At 2:02pm on January 10, 2010, Meg Waite Clayton said…
>I love your page--can you tell me how you put up your novel cover? I'd like to do the same.

I just clicked on the bar above where it is (or maybe added it in my profile) and copied the link to a url location for the cover into that section of my profile. I want to resize it (it's awfully big) but haven't figured out how to yet.
At 12:52pm on January 10, 2010, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni said…
Thank you, Stacy, for your kind comments. I am so pleased to join this site & communicate with other women who write.
At 12:16pm on January 10, 2010, Stacy Overman Morrison said…
I am honored to belong to a site with you. I find your fiction beautiful and insightful. I finish each book thinking and dreaming about the multi-faceted characters. Thank you for giving me knowledge about a culture different, yet in many ways not so, from my own. Blessings, Stacy
At 4:11pm on January 7, 2010, Meg Waite Clayton said…
Welcome to She Writes, Chitra. Lovely to have such a fine writer join us. Do ping me if you have any questions as you make your way around the site.

Best,
Meg Waite Clayton
www.megwaiteclayton.com
 
 
 

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