Ceremony to recognize authors of South Asian children’s, youth literature

Authors of children’s and young adult literature will be honored for excellence in creating books that skillfully and artistically portray South Asia or South Asians abroad at the 2015 South Asia Book Award (SABA) Ceremony, sponsored by the South Asia National Outreach consortium.

The ceremony will be held Friday October 23, at 7 p.m. at the Madison Concourse Hotel, in conjunction with the 44th Annual Conference on South Asia.

This year’s featured SABA recipients are Tanuja Desai Hidier and Paula Yoo. The 2015 Honor Authors are Vivek Shraya and Padma Venkatraman.

On Saturday, October 24, from 9 to 11 a.m., the SABA recipients will be featured at a roundtable discussion, followed by a book-signing. The roundtable, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Assembly Room on the first floor of the Madison Concourse Hotel.

Also, the authors will visit schools in and around Madison during the week of the ceremony.

Tanuja Desai Hidier will give a presentation in 22 Ingraham Hall on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus on Wednesday, October 21, and visit Sun Prairie High School on Thursday, October 22. Paula Yoo will visit Eagle Elementary School, Vivek Shraya will visit East High School, and Padma Venkatraman will visit Wright Middle School, all on Friday, October 23.

For more information, go to the SABA website: http://southasiabookaward.org or contact Rachel Weiss of the Center for South Asia at UW-Madison at (608) 262-9224.