Monday 3 March 2008: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni/Alex Beam
On 3 March I talked with novelist, poet and children's writer Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni about her latest novel The Palace of Illusions (Doubleday), a retelling of the ancient Indian epic Mahabharata from the point of view of Panchaali (aka Draupadi), the main female character. Divakaruni will appear at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park at 7:30 PM on Tuesday 4 March. On Wednesday 5 March she will make two Bay Area appearances: at the Mechanics' Institute Library in San Francisco at 12:30 PM and at the Sunnyvale Library at 7 PM.

I then talked with Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam about the book he is writing about the Great Books movement, A Great Idea at the Time. This is the fourth of a series of conversations in which we follow the progress of the book from conception to publication (the first was on 2 October 2006, the second on 5 March 2007, the third on 23 July 2007). The book is nearly finished and we plan to talk for a final time when it is published in November.

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