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Veena Gokhale’s Interview with Evadne Macedo

Guernica author Veena Gokhale has given a wonderfully insightful interview to Evadne Macedo in Fiction for a Change about her new book, Bombay Wali and other stories (Guernica 2012).

Veena Gokhale started her career in the mercurial world of print journalism in Bombay, in the 1980s. She first came to Canada on a journalism fellowship, returning to do a Masters in Environmental Studies in Toronto. After immigrating, she worked in communications for non-profit organizations, which included a two-year stint in Tanzania. She has published fiction and poetry in anthologies and literary journals. Bombay Wali and other stories provides startling glimpses of contemporary life in Bombay, and elsewhere.

Read the exclusive interview here.

Veena tells Evadne: “the stories are both character and plot driven; the hero or heroine are intimately, I dare say, lovingly drawn, and I describe the people, relationships and issues in their life with as much depth as a short story allows” and “I am an advocate of stories for social change. Stories have been the most effective and evocative tools for education, down the ages, particularly when it comes to questioning and changing social norms“.

Don’t miss Veena reading from Bombay Wali on April 21, at 4:00 p.m. at Supermarket at 268 Augusta Ave., Toronto for Guernica’s Spring 2013 Launch. She will be there with other Guernica authors who will present fiction, poetry and drama: Erika Rummel, Keith Garebian, Vivian Demuth, Chava Rosenfarb, an important Yiddish writer in translation, Richard Gambino, and Denise Desautels, translated from French by Alisa Belanger.

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