Arts Gumbo Book Chats

November 16, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
Columbia Library
4721 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
Rainier Arts Center

Desis in the Valley: Celebrating South Asian/Indian Art

The Columbia Library will host two Arts Gumbo Book Chats in partnership with SEEDArts this fall. The discussion book feature South Asian/Indian immigrant’s experiences. The two book chats are part of the 2017 Arts Gumbo Event.

October 19 Discussion Title:
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

November 16 Discussion Title:
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Discussions will be led by Alka Kurian, PhD & Senior Lecturer at UW.

Copies of the two books are available for check out at the Columbia Library a month prior to the discussion dates.

More About Arts Gumbo

Rainier Arts Center and SEEDArts presents Arts Gumbo 2017: Celebrating Indian and South Asian Arts, a multi-day arts showcase to celebrate Diwali with local artists, musicians, and performers. SEEDArts believes that building cultural understanding between people of diverse backgrounds is best achieved through sharing art, food and celebration. That is the goal of our Arts Gumbo series, now in its 17th year. Arts Gumbo takes place at the Rainier Arts Center (3515 S. Alaska St, 98118) in Columbia City, October 19-21, 2017

In 2017, we celebrate Diwali by exploring contemporary culture of Indian and South Asia. Arts Gumbo kicks off on Thursday, 10/19, with the first Arts Gumbo Book Chat (in partnership with Columbia Branch Library), for a discussion of “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” by Mohsin Hamid. Books are available at the Columbia City Branch of the Library. On Friday, 10/20,

Arts Gumbo Film Screenings presents locally made short films from the 12th Tasveer South Asian Film Festival, followed by a Q & A with the filmmakers.

Arts Gumbo culminates on Saturday, 10/21, from 6-10pm. Entertainment includes: a Bollywood performance by Katrina Ji & Culture Shakti, followed by a dance party for all; a musical journey through India and a contemporary ballet by Pratidhwani; an Indian cooking demonstration; plus art, fashion and cultural displays. A companion exhibit will be on display at the Columbia City Gallery, September 27 – November 12. The exhibit, Dukkha and Liberation, is co-curated by Kamla Kakaria and Romson Regarde Bustillo.