Arundhati Roy was born in 1959 in Shillong, India. She studied architecture in New Delhi, where she now lives. She has worked as a film designer and screenplay writer in India. Roy is the author of the novel The God of Small Things, for which she received the 1997 Booker Prize. The novel has been translated into dozens of languages worldwide. She has written several non-fiction books, including The Cost of Living, Power Politics, War Talk, An Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire, and Public Power in the Age of Empire. Roy was featured in the BBC television documentary Dam/age, which is about the struggle against big dams in India. A collection of interviews with Arundhati Roy by David Barsamian was published as The Checkbook and the Cruise Missile. Her newest book, published by Haymarket Books, is Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers, and she is a contributor to the forthcoming Verso anthology Kashmir: The Case for Freedom. Penguin will be publishing her book Walking with the Comrades in October 2011. Roy is the recipient of the 2002 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Prize.

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