The fact that Bombay-born Siddharth Shanghvi has drawn comparisons to Salman Rushdie isn't special. For lack of a better point of reference, the author of every weepy-titled Indian novel that reaches our shores seems to be called the next Rushdie. But Shanghvi's success in his homeland is truly noteworthy. The 26-year-old's debut novel, The Last Song of Dusk, a mournful family saga that intersects with the story of Indian independence, is in its third printing and is turning the former kennel worker into a literary star. Find out if Shanghvi meets the hype when he reads tonight.
Tue., July 18, 6 p.m.