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Author of “Oleander Girl” to Share Personal Writing Journey at LSC-Montgomery

Houston’s very own award-winning author Chitra Divakaruni is sharing her journey as a writer at Lone Star College-Montgomery on Tuesday, April 16, as part of the college’s Lyceum Speaker Series.

The presentation is free to the public and will take place from 12-1 p.m., in the Recital Hall, located in the college’s Music Hall (Building H). Refreshments will be provided, and a meet-and-greet reception will start at 11:30 a.m. in the same location.

Chitra Divakaruni has written 19 books and been published in more than 29 languages. Hear about her writing process and her hopes for the works she creates during a free presentation at Lone Star College-Montgomery on April 16.

Divakaruni, who has authored 19 books, the most recent of which is “Oleander Girl” (Simon & Schuster, 2013), will discuss what has helped her as a writer; how she came to write some of her books; her use of cross cultural themes; her writing process; and her hopes for her books.

Divakaruni’s books have been translated into 29 languages, including Dutch, Hebrew, and Japanese. Her other writing has been published in more than 50 magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker, and included in over 50 anthologies.

Born in Kolkata, India, Divakaruni came to the U.S. for her graduate studies, receiving a master’s degree in English from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

To earn money for her education, she held many odd jobs, including babysitting, selling merchandise in an Indian boutique, slicing bread in a bakery, and washing instruments in a science lab. She has spent most of her life in Northern California, which she often writes about, but currently lives in Houston, where she teaches in the nationally-ranked Creative Writing program at the University of Houston.

For more information about this presentation, please visit www.LoneStar.edu/lyceum-montgomery, or contact Dr. Linda Woodward, professor of art at LSC-Montgomery, at (936) 273-7228 or Linda.Woodward@LoneStar.edu.

LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call 936.273.7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.

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