I love love loved this entire event. The friendly outreach, the reminders, the fact that the bookshop took care to get in copies of our books, a well prepared moderator, awesome co-readers, and an AMAZING audience. This goes down as one of my most favorite author events ever. If OutWrite or East City Books ever asks for my support for anything, in a heartbeat, I’ll be there.
This is a bit late as the formal announcement has been out for some months, but at the same time I do want to share my personal excitement. International actress andÂ voice talent Deepti Gupta will be reading Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn.Â As a blind person, the vast majority of the books I read are audio books so for me in particular, it was especially important to find the right person to narrate the book.
I knew I wanted a woman to read as I pictured it coming from the voice of Morgiana, the djinni. I also wanted someone who could capture the sing-song style of an oral narrative. Deeptiâ€™s acting and voiceover career spans across India, Singapore, Pakistan and the United States so she seemed a good choice.Â 🙂 What do you think? I’m thrilled.
Praised by The New York Times for her performance in the feature film â€˜Walkawayâ€™, Deepti also stars in â€˜Record/Playâ€™ (a sci-fi love story) which was an official selection at SUNDANCE 2013.Â Â And last year she wrote and directed her first short film, ‘Happy and You Know It’, about a woman’s journey to celebrating her pregnancy which you can see the trailer for below.
For those of you who have already bought and/or read it, thank you! You rock and you’re the reason I do this.Â I love feedback both good and not-so-good (it IS the only way to improve) so just drop me a note.