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New Release: The Color of Our Sky by Amita Trasi

colour of skyThe Color of Our Sky by Amita Trasi is slated for release in May, by William Morrow an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers. A riveting debut Kirkus calls a “haunting” novel “that brings the brutal realities of modern India into focus.” Originally a self-published phenomenon, this novel is an intense, revelatory look at modern India and its people, illuminating the brutal underground world of human trafficking and the differences between the urban Indian culture of cities like Mumbai and the traditional village life.

About the Book: 

India, 1986: Mukta, a ten-year-old village girl from the lower caste Yellamma cult has come of age and must fulfill her destiny of becoming a temple prostitute, as her mother and grandmother were. Attempting to escape her fate, Mukta is sent to be a house girl for an upper-middle-class family in Mumbai. There, she discovers a friend in the daughter of the family, high spirited eight-year-old Tara, who introduces Mukta to an entirely different world—one of ice cream, reading, and a friendship that becomes a sisterhood.

But one night following the Bombay Bombings in 1993, Mukta is kidnapped from Tara’s home and disappears. Shortly thereafter, Tara and her father move to America. A new life in Los Angeles awaits them, but Tara never recovers from the loss of her best friend—or stops wondering if she was responsible for Mukta’s abduction.

2004: Eleven years later, Tara, now an adult, returns to India after her father’s death and is determined to find Mukta. As her search takes her into the brutal underground world of human trafficking, Tara begins to uncover long buried secrets in her own family that might explain what happened to Mukta—and why she came to live with Tara in the first place.

Moving from a traditional Indian village to the bustling modern metropolis of Mumbai, and then to Los Angeles and back again, The Color of Our Sky is a heartbreaking and beautiful portrait of an unlikely friendship—a story of love, betrayal, and, ultimately, redemption.

About the Author:

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Amita Trasi was born and raised in Mumbai, India. She has an MBA in Human Resource Management, and currently lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and two cats. This is her first novel.

Kitaab Audio: Rachel Kahan on the role of an editor

IMG_5341What is the role of an editor in a publishing house? How much time does an editor spend on acquisition and how much on the actual editing? What’s selling right now in the market? Is Romance bigger than Crime? Are publishers still buying Vampire novels? Should you send your novel straight to an editor? How does an editor decide which book to buy and which one to reject? How does an editor acquire a book? What is the relationship between editors and agents?

Rachel Kahan, Executive Editor of William Morrow (HarperCollins), USA, answers these and many more questions in this talk (excepted from Rachel’s Masterclass on Editing). Here, she discusses the role of an editor in a contemporary commercial publishing house, especially in the context of the US and UK markets.

This talk was recorded at the Publishing Symposium@Singapore Writers Festival 2013.

Kitaab Audio: Commercial Fiction matters more than Literary Fiction

PB0811112013110801At the Publishing Symposium at this year’s Singapore Writers Festival, the final debate was held on 8 Nov, 2013. The motion was ‘Commercial Fiction matters more than Literary Fiction’. Moderated by Singaporean poet Alvin Pang, the panel consisted of Jo Lusby (Head of Penguin Books, North Asia), Ravi Mirchandani (Editor in Chief, Atlantic Books, UK), Rachel Kahan (Editor at William Morrow, New York), Deepthi Talwar (Editor, Westland Ltd., India) and Romesh Gunesekera (Sri Lanka-born UK-based novelist). Here are excerpts from the debate.

PHOTO ESSAY: Scenes from the Singapore Writers Festival 2013 (Extras)

PHOTO ESSAY: Scenes from the Singapore Writers Festival 2013 (Click on this link to see festival photos posted earlier on Kitaab)

Here are some more pictures from the festival.

Some photos are from the Popular bookshop at the festival pavilion.

The group photos show a session from the Publishing Symposium.

The last three photos show Rachel Kahan of William Morrow, New York, conducting her editing masterclass.

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