January Children’s Book Author Interview: Author #4 Padma Venkatraman

Interview with Padma Venkatraman

Padma Venkatraman, was born in Chennai, India, the setting of her novel THE BRIDGE HOME. She worked as chief scientist on oceanographic ships, explored rainforests, directed a school, and lived in 5 countries before becoming an American citizen and settling down in Rhode Island. Her latest novel, THE BRIDGE HOME (February 2019, Penguin) is a contender for the Global Read Aloud initiative, and has received starred reviews in Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal and Booklist. Her previous 3 novels, A TIME TO DANCE, ISLAND’S END and CLIMBING THE STAIRS, were each released to multiple starred reviews, cited on numerous best books lists and won several honors and awards. Currently a recipient of the Fiction-Meets-Science fellowship from the Hansewissenschafts Kolleg in Delmenhorst, Germany, Venkatraman enjoys teaching, mentoring, participating on panels, giving commencement speeches and providing keynote addresses at national conferences, has been chief guest at international literary festivals. She was recently interviewed on a national PBS program, and her work has been featured previously on national and international TV and radio, and in a documentary. Visit her at www.padmavenkatraman.com and follow her on twitter @padmatv or fb/instagram (venkatraman.padma) or skype (padmatvenkatraman)

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