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A Great Country: a Carlsbad City Library Adventure featuring New York Times and international bestselling author Shilpi Somaya Gowda

March 30 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

$30.00 – $34.00

About the Live, In-Person, Adventure

We invite you to explore themes of immigration, generational conflict, social class, privilege, and the price of the American dream with New York Times and international bestselling author Shilpi Somaya Gowda at the Carlsbad City Library as she introduces her new novel, A Great Country, the story of a close-knit Indian-American family in the aftermath of a violent encounter with the police


Registration for this event is not required, as it is free and open to the public. However, copies of A Great Country are available for pre-sale below and they will be delivered to the event for signing. Books will be also be available for purchase and signing at the event.

About the Author and Book

Shilpi Somaya Gowda is the New York Times bestselling author of 3 novels: Secret Daughter (2010)The Golden Son (2015), and The Shape of Family (2020). Her novels have been translated into over 30 languages, been #1 international bestsellers in several countries and sold more than two million copies worldwide.

Shilpi was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. In college, she spent a summer as a volunteer in an Indian orphanage, which seeded the idea for her first novel: Secret Daughter was an IndieNext Great Read, a Target Book Club Pick, a ChaptersIndigo Heather’s Pick, and an Amnesty International Book Club Pick. It was a finalist for the South African Boeke Literary Prize and the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. It is currently in production with Amazon Studios to be a feature film, starring Priyanka Chopra and Sienna Miller.

The Golden Son was also a Target Book Club Pick, a Costco Buyer’s Pick, and was awarded the French literary prize, Prix des Lyceens Folio. The Shape of Family was an international and American bestseller. Her next novel is slated for publication in 2024 in multiple territories.

Her new novel, A Great Country, explores themes of immigration, generational conflict, social class and privilege as it reconsiders the myth of the model minority and questions the price of the American dream.

About the Carlsbad City Library

Carlsbad City Library provides community members of all ages with convenient access to high-quality resources and services to inform and enrich individual and community life. Carlsbad City Library is the destination for information, enjoyment of reading, lifelong learning, and cultural enrichment for those who live, work and play in Carlsbad.


March 30
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
$30.00 – $34.00
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Carlsbad City Library
1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011 United States
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