Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

The Sherpa and Other Fictions: A "Graceful and Powerful" Short Story Collection by Nila Gupta

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The Sherpa and Other Fictions: A "Graceful and Powerful" Short Story Collection by Nila Gupta

Nila Gupta's collection of short stories, The Sherpa and Other Fictions (Sumach Press), has received a lot of well-deserved praise since it was published in spring 2008. Globe and Mail first fiction reviewer, Jim Bartley, calls Gupta a "seductive storyteller" and Tara Lee from Quill & Quire describes Gupta's "richly textured short stories" as "jaggedly intriguing."

The latest accolades for Gupta's collection come from NOW Magazine reviewer, Tara-Michelle Ziniuk, who calls Gupta's writing "smart and sincere. Her reflections and focal points are that of an astute, politicized, young woman – a hopeful new voice in the Canadian lit scene."

Poet, playwright and scholar, Nila Gupta has published in numerous literary journals and anthologies, and she teaches creative writing at community venues. You can catch Nila Gupta read on Saturday, July 26 at the DesiLit Writers’ Stage at the Masala! Mehndi! Masti! See our events page for details.

From the NOW Magazine review:

Ranging from the himalayas to the Don Valley Parkway and back, Nila Gupta’s debut collection of short fiction is both graceful and powerful.

In The Sherpa And Other Fictions, she looks at the places she’s known as home and bravely zooms in on areas of possible contention: a woman modernizes her father’s sweet shop while he’s on his death bed, Toronto cops raid Bloor Station, a daughter resists an arranged marriage. Gupta’s appreciation for subtle rebels and unconventional romantics is clear.

Read the full review From NOW Magazine.

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