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If you are interested in hearing more about Climbing the Stairs, you may wish to follow The Blog Tour I did soon after my book was released.
First, I visited some friends' and other authors' blogs:
May 22, 2008 - I stopped by Saffron Tree to talk about historical themes in the book, writing and publishing.
May 22, 2008 - I was invited by author Olugbemisola Perkovich to talk about exploring issues of faith, culture, colonization, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
May 24, 2008 - I talked about travel, living in different Indian cities and different countries, and how all of this has influenced my writing on Sujatha's Blogpourri.
May 25, 2008 - I stopped by the Desi Momz Club to talk about being a mom and finding time to write.
May 25, 2008 - Author Laura Purdie Salas invited me to talk about doing research for historical fiction.
May 27, 2008 - I was invited to talk about weaving together the different threads of the book at The Five Randoms blogsite.
May 28, 2008 - Author Greg Fishbone invited me to talk about the book and, among other things, oceanography and spending my 21st birthday aboard a research vessel.
May 29, 2008 - Author Carrie Jones asked me, "What exactly is that dot on the forehead?" and other questions about Indian culture and history.
May 30, 2008 - And for the finale, author Mitali Perkins invited me to talk about moving to America, becoming an American, and multicultural writing.
Later, I did some blogging for my publisher, Penguin Group:
June 2, 2008 - Dotting Foreheads and Wrapping Saris
June 3, 2008 - Climbing the Stairs: From Science to Writing
June 4, 2008 - Seven Secrets of the Writer’s Life
June 5, 2008 - Sailing On to Island’s End
|“After reading this fine, often heart-breaking novel, I noticed that it’s for “young adults”. Well, I’m a 'youngish adult,' and I loved it.”
Sam Coale, The Providence Journal
“Sam Coale is a Wheaton professor,
a frequent reviewer and constant reader – but a 'youngish adult'?
Well, in spirit, certainly.
Editor, Arts Section,
The Providence Sunday Journal
|“Padma Venkatraman artfully weaves the large issues of freedom (and the vigilance it requires), monotheism, gender, self-possession, pacifism, and the deep well of literacy into a charged narrative of a young woman's coming to terms with her changing world and her distinct inner laws. The novel takes place in the early years of WWII when Japan was pressing India. A terrific book for anyone …”
- Scott Hightower, author of Natural Trouble (amazon.com reader reviews)