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Anjali Banerjee


India

Anjali Banerjee was born in India, raised in Canada and California and received degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. She has written five novels for youngsters and four for grownups. 


Growing up in a small town in Manitoba, Canada, Anjalis favorite family event was the weekly drive to the garbage dump to watch for bears. She also loved jaunts to the library, where she checked out the same Curious George books dozens of times. She adored a picture book called The Bear Who Couldnt Sleep, starring a baby bear who refused to hibernate in winter. Her favorite authors were Enid Blyton, Agatha Christie, Alexander Key, C.S. Lewis and others. Every night her father read to her from C.S. Lewiss The Chronicles of Narnia or Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

After she grew up and finished university, Anjali tried on jobs like new sets of clothes veterinary assistant, office manager and law studentbefore rediscovering her love for writing. Since then, Anjalis Pushcart Prize-nominated short fiction has appeared in several literary journals and in the anthology New to North America. She was a contributing writer for three regional history books and local newspapers before she began writing novels. An alumnus of Hedgebrook, an esteemed retreat for women writers on Whidbey Island, Anjali has been a speaker at the South Asian Literary and Theater Arts Festival (SALTAF®) at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., at many schools, libraries and writers conferences, and she has led workshops for Fields End and the Whidbey Island Writers Association MFA program.

Anjali loves hiking, reading, watching movies, supporting local animal welfare organizations, feeding birds, and playing piano. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, in a cottage in the woods, with her husband and four rescued cats.

Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
 
Anjali Banerjee recommends

The Dowry Bride (2007)
Shobhan Bantwal
"Vivid, rich. . . expertly portrays a young woman caught between love and duty, hope and despair."


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