March 9, 2017
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CONCORDIA PRESENTS 12TH ANNUAL NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS
Concordia College will present the 12th National Book Awards at Concordia, March 23-24. Andrés Reséndez, a 2016 nonfiction finalist, and Karan Mahajan, a 2016 fiction finalist, will be on campus for the featured Readings and Conversation hosted by NPR’s John Ydstie. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in the Centrum, Knutson Campus Center, with a book signing to follow. The public is invited to this free event.
Reséndez was a finalist for his book “The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America,” which was also longlisted for the 2017 PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction. Reséndez grew up in Mexico City where he received his bachelor’s in international relations, briefly went into politics, and served as a consultant for historical soap operas (telenovelas). He earned his doctorate in history at the University of Chicago and has taught at Yale, the University of Helsinki and at the University of California, Davis, where he is currently a history professor and departmental vice chair.
Mahajan was a finalist for his second novel, “The Association of Small Bombs,” which also won the 2017 Bard Fiction Prize. He grew up in New Delhi, India, and lives in Austin, Texas. His first novel, “Family Planning,” was a finalist for the International Dylan Thomas Prize and was published in nine countries. “Small Bombs” was named one of The New York Times Book Review's “Ten Best Books of 2016.” Mahajan’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker Online, The Believer, n+1, and others.
Ydstie, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia College with a major in English literature and a minor in speech communications. He has covered the economy, Wall Street, and the federal budget for NPR for two decades. Ydstie is also a regular guest host on the NPR news programs Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, and Talk of the Nation.