New & Noted

Arundhati Roy


“A lustrously braided and populated tale woven with ribbons of identity, love, mourning, and joy—and tied together with yellow mangoes, cigarettes, and damask roses.”

Sloane Crosley, Vanity Fair

In conversation with Journalist Bilal Qureshi

Arundhati Roy’s debut novel The God of Small Things became a modern classic and international best seller after winning the Man Booker Prize in 1997. She returns to fiction with The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, taking us on an intimate journey of many years across the Indian subcontinent—from the cramped neighborhoods of Old Delhi and the roads of the new city to the mountains and valleys of Kashmir and beyond, where war is peace and peace is war. 20 years after her debut, the novel was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Amazon, Kirkus, and The Washington Post.

Roy has also written several non-fiction books, including Field Notes on Democracy, Walking with the Comrades, Capitalism: A Ghost Story, The End of Imagination, and most recently Things That Can and Cannot Be Said, co-authored with John Cusack. Roy is the recipient of the 2002 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Prize, the 2011 Norman Mailer Prize for Distinguished Writing, and the 2015 Ambedkar Sudar award.

“This book, only second from Roy’s stable in the last twenty years, retains the metaphorical music that she used to fair rapture in her first book. The descriptions, spring to life with her subtle touch, and she, almost, looks to have done that effortlessly.”

Times of India

Book Signing

A book signing will follow the event. A selection of backlist titles and the author’s current book will be available for sale from Classic Lines.


The Ministry of Utmost Happiness book cover


Monday, May 7, 2018 at 7 p.m.


$22, which includes a paperback copy of The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
$10 student ticket, book not included. Must present valid ID.
Tickets may also be purchased via phone (412.622.8866) or at the door from 6 p.m. on the day of the event.


Carnegie Library Lecture Hall
4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15213


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