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To purchase tickets, please visit JACCC’s ticketing portal, or contact the Aratani Box Office at 213-680-3700. MEMBERS: To redeem your discount, please refer to the recent Member email containing the Summer 2017 discount code.

Twenty years after her Booker Prize-winning novel The God of Small Things, internationally celebrated author Arundhati Roy returns to fiction with a dazzling new novel. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness journeys across the Indian subcontinent braiding together a cast of characters who have been once broken by the world they live in and then rescued by acts of love and hope. This beautifully told novel demonstrates on every page the originality of Roy’s voice and her remarkable storytelling ability. In a rare visit to the U.S., and joined by  prize-winning novelist and former L.A. Times columnist, Héctor Tobar, she will read from her new novel and discuss her impressive body of work that includes recent nonfiction books such as Field Notes on Democracy and most recently Things That Can and Cannot Be Said.

Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy is the author of the Booker Prize-winning novel The God of Small Things. Her nonfiction writings include The Algebra of Infinite Justice, Listening to Grasshoppers, Broken Republic, and Capitalism: A Ghost Story, and most recently, Things That Can and Cannot Be Said, coauthored with John Cusack.


Héctor Tobar

Héctor Tobar is the author of four books, including the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestseller, Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle That Set Them Free. A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Deep Down Dark is published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, by Sceptre in the UK, Harper Collins Canada, and Belfond in France.


Location
This program will take place at the Aratani Theatre of the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, at 244 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Parking
Parking is available in multiple lots around the theatre. Note that many lots are cash only. Click here for specific lots and directions.

Will Call
6:30pm – Will call opens

7:00pm – House opens

7:30pm – Program begins

All tickets and books are non-refundable, and will require photo I.D. for pick-up. All tickets will include a copy of the featured book, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, which will be distributed the night of the program. The author will be present to sign books following the program.


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