Arundhati Roy
Arundhati Roy

Carnegie Lecture Hall
May 7
7 p.m.

Arundhati Roy fans — who patiently waited for her second novel — should not miss her first Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures appearance.

Two decades after the success of her semi-autobiographical novel “The God of Small Things” rocketed her to literary fame, Roy is back to captivate readers with “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.”

Born in Meghalaya, India in 1961, Roy will participate in an engaging conversation with NPR journalist Bilal Qureshi as well as a book signing.

Roy follows up her internationally bestselling debut — which won the prestigious Man Booker Prize — with an ambitious work of fiction that’s already drawing accolades.

Exploring turmoil in India, the long-awaited novel is described as “an intimate journey of many years across the Indian subcontinent — from the cramped neighborhoods of Old Delhi and the roads of the new city to the mountains and valleys of Kashmir and beyond, where war is peace and peace is war.”

Based in Delhi, Roy is also a political activist and author of several non-fiction books.

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Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.