All But True feat. Anjali Mitter Duva & Janet Mason

Please join us for the next installment of the ALL BUT TRUE Reading Series
—author readings hosted by The Working Writers Group—
Anjali Mitter Duva & Janet Mason!

About Anjali Mitter Duva's FAINT PROMISE OF RAIN

It is 1554 in the desert of Rajasthan, and a new Mughal emperor is expanding his territory. On a rare night of rain, a daughter, Adhira, is born to a family of Hindu temple dancers. Fearing a bleak future, her father—against his wife and sons' protests—puts his faith in tradition and in his last child for each to save the other: he insists Adhira "marry" the temple deity and give herself to a wealthy patron. But after one terrible evening, she makes a bold choice that carries her family's story and their dance to a startling new beginning. Told from the perspective of this exquisite dancer and filled with the sounds, sights, and flavors of the Indian desert, Faint Promise of Rain is the story of a family and a girl caught between art, duty, and fear in a changing world. Shortlisted for the 2016 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing.


THEY is a groundbreaking work that will prove to be lifesaving for those in the LGBT community and enlightening and liberating to others. In this novel, we met Tamar from the Hebrew Bible. Tamar lives as a hermit in the desert, is content with her life and is happily barren. She is attached to her pet camel. Her aversion to goat sacrifices becomes so strong that it prompts her to become a vegetarian. Tamar has a twin sister Tabitha who becomes pregnant after seducing a young muscular shepherd. Tamar plots with Tabitha to trick Judah (a patriarch from the Bible) into believing that the baby is his so that she can have status in society rather than being burnt at the stake. Tabitha gives birth to twins. Tamar becomes attached to the children (born intersex), who call her auntie, and follows their line of intersex twins.
ANJALI MITTER DUVA is an Indian-American writer raised in France. She is the author of the bestselling Faint Promise of Rain (She Writes Press, 2014) and a finalist for a 2018 Massahusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship. She is also a co-founder of Chhandika, a non-profit organization that teaches and presents India's classical storytelling kathak dance. Educated at Brown University and MIT, Anjali is a frequent speaker at conferences, festivals, libraries, schools, and other cultural institutions. In her spare time, Anjali runs a book club for teens and the Arlington Author Salon, a quarterly literary series. She lives near Boston, MA, with her husband and two daughters, and is currently at work on her second novel. 

JANET MASON can expect to be labeled a heretic, according to acclaimed book reviewer Amos Lassen, who also wrote, “Personally, I found her story to not only be wonderfully written but charming and liberating to us who have lived in a binary world for too long.” An award-winning creative writer and teacher (for various places including Temple University Center City and the Mt. Airy Learning Tree), who also blogs for such places as The Huffington Post, Janet will be reading from her novel THEY, a biblical tale of secret genders. Her previous book, Tea Leaves, a memoir of mothers and daughters (Bella Books 2012), received a Goldie Award and was chosen by the American Library Association for its 2013 Over the Rainbow list. Mason is also a lay minister for a Unitarian church in Philadelphia, where she lives with her partner, Barbara, and their cat, Felix. 


Event date: 
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
Penn Book Center
130 S 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Faint Promise of Rain Cover Image
ISBN: 9781938314971
Availability: Available to Ship
Published: She Writes Press - October 7th, 2014

They: A Biblical Tale of Secret Genders Cover Image
ISBN: 9780999516430
Availability: Available to Ship
Published: Adelaide Books LLC - March 11th, 2018