LITERARY MISFITS: CELEBRATING THE PUBLICATION OF RANBIR SINGH SIDHU'S DEEP SINGH BLUE | APRIL 4, 2016, 6 - 8 PM
With Robert Marshall and Titi Nguyen
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None of us really fit in the literary world these days, but some of us fit less well than others. Join us for a night of reading, celebration, and discussion of what it means to fit—or not fit at all—into today’s literary culture. And about misfits in general, literary and real. The narrator of Ranbir Singh Sidhu’s debut novel Deep Singh Blue ticks all those boxes, and probably a few more, as does his publisher, the upstart Unnamed Press out of Los Angeles. The novelist Alex Shakar describes the book as, "a work of ferocious bravery, intelligence, and art." Visual artist, biographer and novelist Robert Marshall and memoirist and essayist Titi Nguyen will join Sidhu for a lively audience centered discussion.
Ranbir Singh Sidhu writes stories, essays and plays, takes photographs, and dreams of making movies. He was born in London and grew up in California and has worked as an archaeologist, book store clerk, projectionist, PR guy, communications trainer with the United Nations in Sri Lanka, assistant to the playwright Edward Albee, and, among many other jobs, once spent a year assisting Joanna Steichen, widow of the renowned photographer Edward Steichen, catalog her personal collection of photographs. His first novel is Deep Singh Blue (Unnamed Press) and he is the author of the story collection Good Indian Girls (Soft Skull).
Robert Marshall is the author of the novel A Separate Reality and is currently completing a major critical biography of Carlos Castenada. As a visual artist he has exhibited nationally and internationally in both group and solo shows, and he is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Arts. A solo show will open in April, 2016, at the Baxter Street Gallery, NYC.
Titi Nguyen’s essays have appeared in The Threepenny Review, The New York Times, Tin House blog, Paris Review Daily, Witness, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a tuition scholarship at the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference and Crab Orchard Review’s inaugural Feature Award in Literary Nonfiction. She currently is a regular contributor to the Ploughshares blog. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Titi lives in New York City. She loves a good ghost story.
“Literary Misfits: Celebrating the Publication of Ranbir Singh Sidhu’s Deep Singh Blue” is presented as part of the Dillon Series, a cross-displinary platform that serves to promote collaboration and experimentation beyond the scope of the gallery’s established program and represented artists.