About Brown Paper/FAQ

This site began a repository for my publications (mostly book reviews). I then started blogging about other bookish matters, and occasionally writing about other issues that interested me. I have one eye on South Asia and one on North America; the third is still firmly sealed, alas.

Here’s a couple of sample blog posts :

Yellowknife by Steve Zipp (Canadian lit.)
On the Outside Looking Indian by Rupinder Gill (Indo-Canadian lit.)
Come, Before Evening Falls by Manjul Bajaj (Indian lit.)
The Grand Plan to Fix Everything by Uma Krishnaswami (kidlit)
The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood (Toronto theater)
Patricia Wentworth’s Miss Silver novels

Review Policy:

I focus on feminist and multicultural writing, especially immigrant fiction. I am always looking for authors to interview and books to review; do get in touch with me if you think your work fits my interests. Please note that I may charge a fee for full-length blog reviews.

My reviews may be posted on this blog, or published in a literary magazine, or appear in both, at my discretion. I do not review poetry, prescriptive non-fiction, erotica, or inspirational/religious work. Please note that I  do NOT usually participate in promotional book tours.

I do not conduct author interviews for my blog; I publish them in Bookslut. Authors I’ve interviewed include Minal Hajratwala, Camilla Gibb, Sheela Chari and Saladin Ahmed. I sometimes write feature articles about authors for Herizons, a Canadian feminist magazine.

If you are an unpublished author and would like a critique of your manuscript, please get in touch with me via email.  Please note that I charge a small fee for this service.

Contact: I may be reached at Niranjana (dot) Iyer (at) gmail (dot) com

Using my content: You are welcome to reproduce my original content (i.e., posts that appear on my blog but not in any other venue) as long as you include a link to the source. Please note that copyright restrictions for my other publications may preclude reprints at other venues.

The ads on this site have been placed by WordPress without my consent or knowledge, and I do not endorse any of the products displayed here.

10 responses to “About Brown Paper/FAQ

  1. just stumbled upon your blog–and I am really enjoying it. A nice friendly vibe, intelligent but not off putting. Thank you

  2. your page is an essential bookmark for its arresting literary criticisms and off the mark comments.i just subscribed your blog in my google reader in my custom literature folder .i,m now naturally into looking for the twlbb as referenced by you.a nice read all through and wholesome food for the mind from a distinguished pen,regards.

  3. Nice blog! Since you’re in Canada, maybe you wanna check our event out? We’re an Indian blog in the US, and are hosting India’s No. 1 rock-fusion band, INDIAN OCEAN, in a benefit concert. Check us out at http://www.yehhailife.com

    Continue the great work!!

    -Nadja

  4. Hi, this morning I had an opportunity to spend a good half an hour on your blog, it goes straight into my “interesting reads” folder.
    Love it !

  5. @ Yeh hai Life: thanks!

    @ Emily: Thanks! I’m honored to be on that folder🙂

  6. Very interesting blog, Niranjana !

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  8. A treasure for a novelist like me. Keep it up Niranjana.
    Lakshmi Raj Sharma

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