Saturday, October 14, from 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Iselin Branch Library - Meeting Room
On Saturday, October 14, from 2:00-4:00pm, the Iselin Branch of the Woodbridge Public Library, at 1081 Green Street, Iselin, will feature a talk and reading by Princeton-area author Victor Rangel-Ribeiro, a writer who has deep roots in his native India―so deep, that though he has been in the United States since 1956, most of the stories and novels he writes still feature people from India.
His latest book, The Miscreant: Selected Stories, 1949-2016, bears this out. Seven of the fifteen stories are set in India, one in Palestine, and another seven in New York, where desi men and women have to find new life skills sometimes to succeed, sometimes just to survive. Mr. Rangel-Ribeiro will sign copies of his books. The Miscreant: Selected Stories, 1949-2016 can be purchased at the program for $13.00.
The award-winning author whose debut novel, Tivolem, was named one of the twenty notable first novels to be published in America in 1998, was born in Goa, India when it was still a Portuguese colony; so he counts Portuguese, along with Konkani and English, as one of his three mother tongues. Mr. Rangel-Ribeiro returns to Goa regularly and is passionate about the preservation of Goan traditions. He is editor of 2008’s Goa Aparanta - Land Beyond The End, an encyclopedic compendium of Goa’s history and culture by Dattaraj Salgaoncar with Mario Cabral e Sa and Wendell Rodricks, He has also conducted the Goa State String Orchestra in concert during his many visits to his homeland and his two scholarly books on Baroque music performance and chamber music repertory have been widely applauded.
Rangel-Ribeiro’s fiction has been praised in the U.S. by the New York Times Sunday Book Review, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and other publications, and also in India. “Victor Rangel-Ribeiro’s world is a vast one,” the reviewer in India Today wrote about a previous collection. “At times the language in this collection of short stories is great: witty, tender, sharply clever in its themes and in the manner in which the author has chosen to deal with them. At other times it is so very close to home, one could turn around and see any one of his intimately constructed characters standing by one’s side, walking past, just being.” The Kolkata Statesman’s critic wrote: “Rangel-Ribeiro’s characters have certain things in common. They are unfailingly endearing, easily forgiven, and an endless source of entertainment.”
The author is currently a volunteer in the South Brunswick Public Library, where he teaches bridge to seniors. A member of American Mensa, his ties to New Jersey include a stint from 2002 to 2011 on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s MFA Creative Writing Program. Two of his books are in our library, and also in such noted university libraries as Princeton, Columbia, New York, Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, and Cambridge.