LitFest Launchpad: Amandeep Ahuja, Carla Barbara Coppi, Darrel Perkins, Mansi Choksi & Mariana Missakian
Date/Time: Friday 3 February 2023 21:00-22:00
Session No: 204
The LitFest Launchpad provides UAE-based authors a chance to introduce their latest works to audiences. The authors in this session write in a variety of genres but all have in common their mission to bring to vivid life characters from different times and places whose stories can teach us something important.
Each speaker will answer questions about their own book. Join us to discover and support the UAE’s fantastic writing community!
Amandeep Ahuja is a political economist by education, fitness professional by qualification and writer by passion. She is author of The Frustrated Women’s Club, an account of the confused state of mind of the millennial generation and an insight into the social constructs that third culture kids grow up with.
Carla Barbara Coppi is an eclectic Italian author, lecturer, musician, and award-winning writer. She achieved first position in the 2017 Autori Italiani 2017 competition. Her last book, Grains of Sand was awarded by the Prize Poseidonia Paestum.
Darrel Perkins is an artist, educator, and writer from Rhode Island. His artwork has been exhibited in galleries around the world, and locally he organizes art workshops and lectures for a range of ages and experience levels. His commercial illustrations have been licensed for books, clothing, posters, editorial work, and mural painting. He is a published author and illustrator, most recently the 2022 book The End is at Hand.
Mansi Choksi is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism and two-time Livingston Award Finalist. She is the author of The Newlyweds, which was regarded by The Times as “a staggeringly good work of literary journalism" and by the Financial Times as "compelling and sometimes heart breaking."
Mariana Missakian is the author of That Suburbia Lady, a satire memoir on women and identity. The book is a compilation of 40 short stories on who we become when we no longer fit in. After a successful corporate career of twenty years, she transformed her life with a loving family and a vocation for writing.