Library Love for American Betiya!
November 5 2022
Got sent this photo of @scavengergreycosplay loving on AMERICAN BETIYA at Clements High School li...
Book Mail~Twice as Perfect by Louisa Onome
September 8 2022
Book mail!! Finally got to lose myself in this new beauty by @louisaonome and it is everything! I...
Devi from "Never Have I Ever" would read American Betiya, according to Browngirl Bookshelf
August 22 2022
YAY! @browngirlbookshelf on Instagram created a post of their book recommendations for the belove...
Announcing Book Two with Knopf: TEMPORARY BODIES!
August 4 2022
Katherine Harrison and Gianna Lakenauth at Knopf have acquired, in an exclusive submission, Temporary Bodies by Anuradha D. Rajurkar, a YA gothic thriller about a teen girl who seeks a fresh start in India after the death of her sister, but discovers that the abandoned building her parents are renovating into a boutique hotel has a dark history as a birthing hospital, haunted by restless spirits and the twisted legacy of colonialism. Publication is set for summer 2024; Alexander Slater at GreenburgerKids did the deal for North American rights.
Feminist YA and MG Debuts of 2021~ 14 Authors Share their POV by Aurora Dominguez with Frolic
May 10 2021
Note from Frolic: Our resident YA expert Aurora got the chance to chat with 14 YA and MG authors and chat with them about feminism and more. Read on to find your new favorite authors!
SCBWI Success Story: An Interview with Anuradha Rajurkar
April 1 2021
In 2017, Anuradha Rajurkar won the SCBWI Emerging Voices Award for a promising young adult manus...
Balancing Darkness with Light in Literature by the Class of 2k21 Books
March 27 2021
“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” --Dr. Martin Luther ...
The Flicker of a Smile
March 18 2021
The Flicker of a Smile, a guest post by Anuradha D. Rajurkar for Teen Librarian Toolkit ...
Good News for the New Year!
January 2 2021
Happy New Year, friends! I hope you enjoyed saying goodbye to the highly troublesome 2020 and fou...
Fun and Magic
December 24 2020
My young immigrant parents presented the united belief that all traditions have elements of joy, light, and community, and we were invited to take part in and appreciate all of them.
Interview with Adiba Jaigirdar, #Roaring20sdebut Author of THE HENNA WARS
April 15 2020
The Henna Warsis about Nishat, who is a Bangladeshi Muslim lesbian. When she decides to come out to her parents, they react by shutting her out and rejecting her sexuality. She turns to henna, which is important to her because she learned it from her grandmother.
Rani's journey will speak to anyone who's ever had to fight to uphold their cultural identity--one stereotype at a time.
January 31 2020
Fans of Sandhya Menon, Erika Sanchez and Jandy Nelson will identify with this award-winning novel of a young artist’s forbidden, intercultural first love, her close-knit Indian family, and her boyfriend's desperate attempts to fit into it--no matter the cost.
Insider Secrets to Publishing Your First Novel
January 31 2020
Hi Friends! I’m often asked details about my publication journey, and thought it might be helpful to share, for those of you curious or who may benefit from my mistakes—ahem—experiences. They might help you! Maybe?
The Good, the Bad, and the Scary: Taking Risks in Your Writing
December 23 2019
When I was in my teens and twenties, I was obsessed with bold, cutting-edge haircuts. Short, piecey, layered works of art that always required a lot of blow-drying, product, and maintenance. Never mind that these sassy cuts didn’t really suit my face or lifestyle.
Connecting with Jacqueline Woodson, Author of RED AT THE BONE
November 6 2019
She had just turned twenty-five and was living on the Upper West Side in an apartment owned by the parents of some friend from Oberlin. A pied-a-terre they’d abandoned for full time life in Florida.
Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators (SCBWI) Emerging Voices Award!
September 11 2019
Just before my birthday last year, I learned that my debut manuscript, AMERICAN BETIYA, had just won the national Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators (SCBWI) Emerging Voices Award!
The Inspiration for AMERICAN BETIYA
September 11 2019
Years ago, I set out to write the kind of story I’d wished for as a teen: one that detailed an interracial love in all its beauty and honest complications, one that featured an ambitious Indian American teenager and her first-generation immigrant family…one that would feel fierce and unvarnished. After some tinkering, self-doubt, and false starts, I wrote a short story whose title was simply “Beginnings.”