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A Woman’s Place: In Food, Power, and Writing

May 03, 2017 7:00 pm

Archestratus Books + Foods, 160 Huron Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Women writers, entrepreneurs, and artists are exploring the dramas of culinary history, tradition, and the future of food with new vigor and nuance. As part of the PEN World Voices Festival, Words Without Borders is delighted to present a panel that tackles the issue of women and food from multiple angles, bringing in the perspectives of writers, translators, and culinary and social entrepreneurs. Chitrita Banerji, Mariana Enríquez, Sonya Kharas, and Allison Markin Powell explore representation, power, documentation, migration, and more, in a discussion moderated by Rohan Kamicheril. This event celebrates the publication of the May issue of Words Without Borders, dedicated to international food writing.

Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 7:00pm–8:30pm

Location: Archestratus Books + Foods, 160 Huron Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Free and open to the public. Due to high demand for this event, we recommend that you arrive in advance.


Chitrita Banerji is a food historian and novelist. She is the author of several books on the food and culture of Bengal and India. She has written for Granta, Gourmet, Gastronomica, the New York Times, and the Boston Globe, and received awards at the Oxford Symposium of Food and Cookery. Her latest work is the novel Mirror City, set in newly liberated Bangladesh.

Mariana Enríquez (Buenos Aires, 1973) is the author of two novels, two short story collections, a volume of travel writing, a biography, and a novella. She is an editor at Página 12, an Argentinean newspaper. Her fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, McSweeney’s, Electric Literature, and Virginia Quarterly Review. Her English language debut Things We Lost in the Fire is translated into twenty languages. [Photo credit: Nora Lezano]

Sonya Kharas is the Program Manager for the League of Kitchens, a unique cooking school in NYC where immigrants teach intimate cooking workshops in their homes, and participants encounter a new culture, cuisine, and neighborhood with every experience.



Allison Markin Powell is a translator of Japanese. Her translation of Hiromi Kawakami’s The Briefcase was nominated for the Man Asian Literary Prize. Her other translations include works by Osamu Dazai, Fuminori Nakamura, and Kanako Nishi. In addition to translating, she works as an editor and publishing consultant, and currently serves as co-chair of PEN America’s Translation Committee. She maintains the database Japanese Literature in English. [Photo credit: Jonathan Armstrong]

Rohan Kamicheril is a writer, editor, and cook. He is the founder and editor of Tiffin, a Web site dedicated to showcasing regional Indian food through interviews, recipes, and travel stories. His writing has appeared in Gastronomica, the Margins, Hemispheres, Asymptote, and elsewhere. He is the editor of The Wall in My Head, a Words Without Borders anthology of writing commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain. [Photo credit: Elsa Vasseur]

Co-presented with PEN America as part of the PEN World Voices Festival, with support from the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts. Promotional support from The League of Kitchens.


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