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Second Saturdays Reading Series


Celebrate the launch of Bengal Hound by Rahad Abir

Readings by Rahad Abir and Yu-Mei Balasingamchow

Performance by AËLÍN


Sat Sept 30, 3pm-5pm


411 Kent Ave.

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Described as "full of gravity and urgency" by Ha Jin, Bengal Hound by Rahad Abir is a love story unraveling in the tumultuous years leading up to the war for Bangladeshi Independence. At the NYC launch of the first novel to be published by indie press Gaudy Boy, the author Rahad Abir will read and field questions. Reading with him is Singaporean fiction writer Yu-Mei Balasingamchow, who will share work on her novel-in-progress. The event begins with an open mic, followed by the two featured authors.

Rahad Abir is a writer from Bangladesh. He has an MFA in fiction from Boston University. He is the recipient of the Charles Pick Fellowship at the University of East Anglia and the Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction. His work has been translated into French and Hindi. He lives in Georgia, USA.

Yu-Mei Balasingamchow is a writer from Singapore, now living in Boston. Her short fiction has received a Pushcart Prize Special Mention, won the Mississippi Review Fiction Prize and been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and the Sewanee Review Fiction Contest. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Boston University and is writing a novel.

AËLÍN, aka Eli Tyler, is "an extraterrestrial that travels between dimensions to transmute energy
into sonic atmospheres." Their superpowers include audio architecture and melodic spell casting.
In this realm they have created phonic vibrations for Vera Wang, Victoria’s Secret, New York
Botanical Gardens, The Royal Ontario Museum, and more.

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