Thank you to everyone who made it out to the book launch for Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion!
The event was a wonderful success, drawing a crowd of over three hundred people to Southern Exposure in San Francisco, on October 13th. Piyali Bhattacharya, Nayomi Munaweera, Tara Dorabji, Ayesha Mattu, Tanzila Ahmed, and Neelanjana Banerjee were the readers of the evening, transfixing the audience with six different stories (Tara Dorabji performed poetry inspired by the anthology!) and ending with a question and answer session. Our favorite hashtag to come out of the night? #BeTheAuntyYouWishYouHadInThisWorld
Editor and event moderator, Piyali Bhattacharya, said of the night:
“I am truly stunned and humbled by the response to our book launch in San Francisco last night. Over 300 people in attendance. Hundreds of books sold. Lines out the door. Wow. Wow. Wow. Thank you, Bay Area, for seeing us, for listening to us, for holding us.
"To all the incredible women who stood in line for over an hour to meet us writers just so you could come to us in tears and tell us that this is the first time you’ve ever felt truly seen: I want you to know that this project – all eight years of it, all the uphill battles for it – it’s for you. We love you, we hear you, and we’re here.”
Side by side with Good Girls, we were excited to also feature Our Feet Walk the Sky: Women of the South Asian Diaspora, an Aunt Lute classic from 1993, which influenced many contributors to the Good Girls anthology. Many audience members went home with both titles that night.
Keep an eye out for photos and videos from the event and make sure to join the conversation at www.goodgirlsmarrydoctors.net, and tag your own photos or memories from the event with #GoodGirlsMarryDoctors. Again, thank you so much.
Aunt Lute Books