by Bapsi Sidhwa
Born in Karachi and raised in Lahore, Pakistan, she has been widely celebrated as the finest novelist produced by her country. She is the author of several novels, including The Crow Eaters, An American Brat, Cracking India, The Pakistani Bride, and Water, which have been translated and published in several languages. Her anthology City of Sin and Splendour: Writings on Lahore was published in 2006. Among her many honours, she received the Bunting Fellowship at Radcliffe/Harvard, the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award, the Sitara-i-Imtiaz, Pakistan’s highest national honour in the arts, and the LiBeraturepreis in Germany and the 2007 Premio Mondello Award in Italy. She was also on the advisory committee to Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto on Women’s Development and has taught at Columbia University, University of Houston, Mount Holyoke College, Southampton University and Brandeis. Her novels Cracking India and Water were made into the film Earth and Water by Canadian director Deepa Mehta. Her play Sock ’em with Honey was staged in London (2003) and An American Brat was produced by Stages Repertory Theater in Houston (2007). She now lives in Houston, Texas.