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Indian American Mitali Perkins Makes The New Yorker’s Long List

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Indian-American author Mitali Perkins is a contender for a National Book Award.
Her novel “You Bring the Distant Near” is among 10 on The New Yorker’s “long list” in the Young People’s Literature category.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) – Indian-American author Mitali Perkins is a contender for a National Book Award.

Her novel “You Bring the Distant Near” is among 10 on The New Yorker’s “long list” in the Young People’s Literature category.

The book also received high remarks from Bustle, starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Horn Book, School Library Journal, and Booklist. Teen Vogue and EW also praised the book. EW called it as one of the most anticipated young adult novels of 2017.

“An unforgettable novel that spans decades and continents as it moves among three generations of Indian women, some new immigrants to the U.S., all struggling to bridge cultures. Perkins’ vibrantly written exploration of a family in transition is saturated with romance, humor, and meaningful reflections on patriotism, blended cultures, and carving one’s own path,” said a Publishers Weekly review.

Mitali says her “biggest lifeline during those early years was story. Books were my rock, my stability, my safe place as I navigated the border between California suburbia and the Bengali culture of my traditional home.”

“When I began to write fiction, my protagonists were often-not surprisingly-strong characters trying to bridge different cultures or to promote justice,” she adds on her website.

Mitali is one of many people of all ages who like to immerse themselves in different books in order to escape the harsh realities of life. For some, this may be the inspiration behind becoming an author themselves; allowing people to read about different worlds and characters, even if it is for a short time. To help make this experience as delightful and exciting as possible, enlisting the guidance of professional “freelance editors near me” could ensure that your book is the best it can be, as well as increasing the likelihood of being nominated for something similar to a National Book Award, just like Mitali.

Mitali Perkins

Indian-American author Mitali Perkins is a contender for a National Book Award.
Her novel “You Bring the Distant Near” is among 10 on The New Yorker’s “long list” in the Young People’s Literature category.

A judging panel will select the finalists. The panel includes Suzanna Hermans, the co-owner of Oblong Books & Music; Brendan Kiely, whose book “All American Boys,” co-authored by Jason Reynolds, won the 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award; Kekla Magoon,whose book “X: A Novel,” written with Ilyasah Shabazz, was long-listed for the award in 2015; Meg Medina, whose novel “Burn Baby Burn” was long-listed for the award in 2016; and Alex Sanchez, whose books include “Rainbow Boys” and the Lambda Literary Award-winning “So Hard to Say.”

Finalists will be announced on October 4. Winners will be announced on November 15.

Perkins was born in Kolkata to Bengali parents who traveled extensively while she was a kid. She lived in Ghana, Cameroon, London, New York and Mexico before turning 11-years-old, finally settling in California.

Perkins, who graduated from Stanford and UC Berkeley has authored 10 young-reader novels published by Penguin Random House, Charlesbridge, Candlewick, Little Brown and Macmillan Children’s Books.

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Biden to pull US troops from Afghanistan

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — America’s forever war is finally coming to an end. President Joe Biden is pulling all US troops from Afghanistan by September 11th saying he can no longer justify the loss of lives. More than 2,200 US troops have been killed and 20,000 wounded, and war has cost as much as 1 trillion dollars.  The date of the pull out marks the 20th anniversary of the attack on New York City’s Twin Towers. 

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan is under fire after human rights groups accuse him of being a rape apologist, after he blamed a rise in sexual assault cases on how women dress. During a live television interview, he advised women to cover up to prevent temptation. Hundreds of people have signed a statement demanding an apology.

And after being delayed for an entire year, the countdown is on to the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo Japan.  In less than 100 days, the world will showcase it’s best athletes. Meanwhile in San Francisco’s Japantown, former Olympic greats like Kristi Yamaguchi presented medallions to residents of the area who have persevered and shown courage during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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AAPI Victory Fund gets a brand new name

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — The largest network of Asian Americans is flexing it’s political and financial capital. The group once known as the AAPI Victory Fund is rebranding itself as the AAPI Victory Alliance to fight back against the rising hate crimes and harassment against Asians and misinformation about the community. In addition to all the political and advocacy work, a new think tank will focus on education, and the group will prioritize alliances with other groups at the local, state, and national levels.

A world renowned Indian American artist is picking up the pieces after massive flooding wrecked part of his Texas home, destroying several valuable paintings and his supplies. Kartik Trivedi’s work has adorned the White House and Buckingham Palace. A GoFundMe page is now up and running to help the 83 year old recoup some of his losses.

And S. Dave Vatti was sworn in to become Magistrate Judge for the District of Connecticut. The Indian American will serve at the Bridgeport federal courthouse.  Vatti is a former United State Attorney and a lifelong Connecticut resident.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Nikki Haley wont run, if Trump runs in 2024

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If Trump Runs In 2024, Haley Says She Will Not | Diya TV News

SOUTH CAROLINA (Diya TV) — Former US Ambassador to the United Nations and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley says she will not make a run for the White House in 2024. But that’s only if Donald Trump decides to enter the Presidential race. Haley continues to be mentioned as a potential candidate for the Oval Office, but the Indian American’s public comments are being interpreted as an early endorsement for former President if Trump chooses to run again.

And more positive news for India’s economy. The International Monetary Fund says it’s projecting a 12 and half percent growth rate for the South Asian nation in 2021. That’s even stronger than what’s expected for China and America’s economy this year.

India is going through a historic tech boom for unicorn start ups. These are the companies valued at more than a billion dollars. In a span of four days, the country saw 6 tech unicorns emerge onto the scene. Startups like Groww, Gutshup, API Holdings, Mohalla Tech, Meesho, and Cred all reached valuations of a billion dollars or more. And that’s attracting some of the world’s largest investors like Softbank and Tiger Global.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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