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A reading & conversation with Nishant Batsha

Nishant Batsha, author of MOTHER OCEAN FATHER NATION, in conversation with Laura Marris

Join Talking Leaves … Books and JBLC to celebrate the publication of Mother Ocean Father Nation, a novel by writer & JB teaching artist Nishant Batsha. After reading from the novel, Batsha will be joined in conversation by writer & translator Laura Marris. Books will be available for purchase from Buffalo bookseller Talking Leaves … Books.

This event is free & open to the public.


Thursday, June 30, 2022


8:00 pm
Just Buffalo Literary Center


Just Buffalo Literary Center
468 Washington St., 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY
Just Buffalo Literary Center


Just Buffalo Literary Center
(716) 832-5400

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Talking Leaves...Books
Talking Leaves...Books

Featured Artists

  • Laura Marris
    Laura Marris
    Writer & Translator

    Laura Marris is an essayist, poet, and translator. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Believer, The Yale Review, The Point, and elsewhere. Her work has been supported by a MacDowell Colony Fellowship and a Daniel Varoujan Award. Recent translations include Albert Camus’s The Plague, Jean-Yves Frétigné’s To Live Is to Resist: A Life of Antonio Gramsci, and Geraldine Schwarz’s Those Who Forget. Books she has translated have been shortlisted for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize, the Scott Moncrieff Prize, and the French-American Foundation Translation Prize. With Alice Kaplan, she is the co-author of States of Plague: Reading Albert Camus in a Pandemic (University of Chicago Press, 2022). She is currently at work on her first solo-authored book, The Age of Loneliness, which will be published by Graywolf in 2024.

    (Photo credit: Matt Kenyon)

  • Nishant Batsha
    Nishant Batsha
    Fiction Writer, Historian

    Nishant Batsha is a writer of fiction and history. His debut novel Mother Ocean Father Nation will be published by Ecco/HarperCollins in June 2022. A Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow, he received his doctorate in history from Columbia University.

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