Maya Shanbhag Lang

“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift.”
~Kate DiCamillo

October 12th at 8:00pm ET – October 19th at 8:00pm ET on eBay

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Author’s Biography

Maya Shanbhag Lang is the author of What We Carry, named a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and a “Best Of 2020” by Amazon, Parade Magazine, Times of India, Bookshop.Org, and others. She is also the author of The Sixteenth of June, named a Must-Read Novel by CBS and InStyle and long listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.

Lang’s essays been widely published and anthologized. In 2021, the American Civil Rights Museum named her a “Woman You Should Know.” Winner of the Neil Shepard Prize in Fiction, she is a proud member of the Authors Guild Council.

After graduating magna cum laude from Swarthmore College, Lang earned her M.A. from NYU and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from SUNY Stony Brook. Her dissertation, “The Hypochondriac: Bodies in Protest from Herman Melville to Toni Morrison,” won the Mildred and Herbert Weisinger Award. A passionate teacher and editor, she loves working with established and aspiring writers alike. Here is some advice for writers when feeling stuck. Here are some thoughts about uncertainty.

Lang is the daughter of South Asian immigrants and lives outside of New York City with her daughter. She is also a competitive-class weightlifter.

Read all about Maya on her website.


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Maya Shanbhag Lang
has generously donated time to the Friends of the Ashland Public Library for our online Author Confidential Auction, helping raise funds to support our library programs for all ages. We are so grateful!