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A list of Book Readings, Talks, Lectures, Presentations, Awards, Fellowships, Panels, Roundtables, Interviews, Engagements, Academic references and works, News reports, Projects, New Releases, Mentions, Quotes in the Media and more. News clippings and announcements at the bottom.

  • Rajat Chaudhuri will be speaking on `Reading Climate Fiction to Communicate Climate Change' and organising a cli-fi writing workshop at NSHM Colleges as part of their International Conference. (poster below) (29 Feb, 2024) 
  • `Future of the Past -- An Indo-Swedish Book Adda' Rajat Chaudhuri, Neela Majumdar (Earth Day Network) and David Isaksson (Global Bar), to speak on climate change, cli-fi and possible futures at a bookstore event. (poster below) (24 Feb, 2024) (Image below)
  • Rajat Chaudhuri will be offering two sessions on climate and education at the University Grants Commission (UGC) mandated Faculty Induction Programmme for new faculty of Indian colleges and universities. The programme is being coordinated and offered by the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration.
  • News about the climate fiction panel at Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2024 (screenshot below) (News item) (Telegraph Image below)
  • News about a panel on dystopia at Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2024 (screenshot below)
  • Rajat Chaudhuri will be speaking at two panels at the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival, one on climate fiction and the other on dystopias. (2024)  (posters below)
  • Spellcasters won the runner-up position from a shortlist of three books for the Gaurang River Literary Prize for Fiction (2nd prize-runner up) 2024 (Press release below)
  • Rajat Chaudhuri was in conversation with Japanese science fiction writer Taiyo Fujii at Kokrajhar Literary Festival (Jan, 2024) Image below. Video. 
  • Rajat Chaudhuri and Sri Lankan poet Vivimarie Vanderpoorten participated in a panel chaired by Anjali Daimari (Gauhati University) at Kokrajhar Literary Festival (Jan, 2024). 
  • Rajat Chaudhuri interviewed by Scroll  (Suvasree Karanjai for Scroll)
  • Book Release of Spellcasters and Q&A with Dr. Subhadeep Paul at Centre for Foreign Languages, Bankura University on the occasion of  an international workshop on Climate Fiction. (Dec, 2023) (Images below)
  • New academic research about Rajat Chaudhuri's novel The Butterfly Effect in a book chapter by Damini Ray in the Routledge Handbook of Crime Fiction and Ecology (Editor: Nathan Ashman, 2023). Chapter title: `Magic Seeds and the Living Dead -  Investigating Transnational Ecocrimes in Rajat Chaudhuri's The Butterfly Effect'. (Routledge, Taylor & Francis 2023)
  • News report in The Telegraph of Rajat Chaudhuri's creative writing workshop followed by a solarpunk guerilla gardening initiative at CLC, NSHM Colleges in collaboration with Earthmates eco club, Kolkata (news clip below) 
  • Introduction to climate fiction (cli-fi)  and a climate fiction writing workshop at Indus Valley World School Lit-A-Thon(Sept 2023)
  • Keynote address at International conference: `De-scribing Non-Human futures - Critiquing Agency for the Post-Anthropocene' at the Centre for Research in Post-Humanities', Bankura University (Sept 2023)
  • Keynote address on climate-fiction (cli-fi) at the multi-disciplinary Cli-fi Weave 2023 event organised by Storiculture and Earthbound. (September 2023)
  • Interviewed Amitav Ghosh for DaakBangla magazine (In Bengali, Webclip below)
  • Workshop on Creative Writing, Cli-Fi and Ethical use of AI in research and writing at Centre for Language and Communication (CLC), NSHM in collaboration with Earthmates Eco Club (Aug 2023) with its guerilla gardening and seed-bomb making initiatives. 
  • Enhancing English Language Teaching Skills for School Teachers - Key resource person (for the topic Teaching eco-texts and climate fiction in schools) at the Faculty Development Programme for school teachers organised by Centre for Language and Communication (CLC) of NSHM college (Calcutta). (July 2023)
  • Chief Guest at the National Library of India on Reading Day (19th June, 2023) and Speaker on the topic `Reading Habit'.   
  • Lecture about climate change and literature - `The Reading Room at Dusk' at English Literary Society, St Stephen's College (Delhi University) - (April, 2023) Announcement at page end.
  • Quoted in this feature article about El NiƱo (clipping below, The Telegraph, May 2023)
  • News about inclusion of Rajat Chaudhuri's novel `The Butterfly Effect' in the syllabus and teaching workshops of universities and colleges in India and USA. (EiSamay - in Bengali - April 2023) 
  • Book Talk (with Tashan Mehta and Gautam Bhatia) on Speculative Fiction at Kunzum Books, Delhi (March 2023)
  • Rajat Chaudhuri was a Key Reader at the Kokrajhar Literature Festival (2023) 
  • Rajat Chaudhuri offered a creative writing workshop organised by Centre for Language and Communication (CLC), NSHM Knowledge Campus, Kolkata (December 2022) 
  • Rajat Chaudhuri offered a creative writing workshop organised by Centre for Language and Communication (CLC), NSHM Knowledge Campus, Durgapur (December 2022) 
  • Rajat Chaudhuri spoke about climate fiction (cli-fi) and climate change activism in a conversation with students at the CLC Conversations, NSHM Knowledge Campus, Kolkata. (2022) (Video
  • Interviewed by Y-East for their `Kolkata Movers' initiative (Moving Kolkata Kolkata Moving project) to interview hundred individuals working for a safer, better, environment-friendly Kolkata.
  • `Conversation with author' Rajat Chaudhuri with students of the English Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA) about his novel The Butterfly Effect. (31st October, 2022) where the book is part of the English syllabus.
  • Member of story selection and editor's panel for the new Solarpunk Creatures anthology to be published by World Weaver Press (US). Call for submissions here
  • Guest editor for the inaugural issue of Kitaab Quarterly with the theme `Uncanny' to be published by Kitaab (Singapore). Call for submissions here. 
  • Multispecies Cities--Solarpunk Urban Futures anthology co-edited and introduced by Christoph Rupprecht, Deborah Cleland, Rajat Chaudhuri, Norie Tamura and Sarena Ulibarri is a finalist shortlisted for the Utopia Awards
  • Cli-fi writer interviews by Sonam Joshi in a feature on climate fiction in Times of India. (screenshot below) 
  • New research about Rajat Chaudhuri's novel `Hotel Calcutta' published: Palimpsestic Jungle/Jumble: Visceral Urbanism in Rajat Chaudhuri's Hotel Calcutta" by Subhadeep Paul, Chapter about Hotel Calcutta in 'The City Speaks: Urban Spaces in Indian Literature' Edited by Subashish Bhattacharjee and Goutam Karmakar, Routledge (India), Taylor and Francis (Germany). https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003323761
  • The climate fiction video game, Survive the Century, with fiction contributions by Rajat Chaudhuri and three other authors has been now published as a branching-narrative book. (May 2022)
  • Offering a course on Creative Writing with LIILR and Bharati College (University of Delhi) (2022)
  • Climate and literature talk, Miranda House College (Delhi University) - (April, 2022) 
  • Presenting a paper at a symposium on Science Fiction and Fantasy in Post-Independence India at the Festival of Letters organised by Sahitya Akademi (National Academy of Letters)  (March 2022, English)
  • A talk (in Bengali) about ecocritical readings of the novels and short stories of noted Bengali Indian author Anita Agnihotri (Khoj Sahitya Puroskar Anusthan, Lalgola, Murshidabad, West Bengal) (Feb 2022, in Bengali)
  • An adda around Bengali poetry centred around the book The Great Bengali Poetry Underground supported by Livonics and Kitaab (Jan 2022, in Bengali and English) 
  • Moderating a panel on Cli-fi at the Green Litfest (Green Literature Festival, India) - The Age and Rage of Climate Fiction (December, 2021) Banner at page end. 
  • Lecture with Q&A, `Sunburnt Stories -- Climate and Literature'University of Oxford, UK (November, 2021) 
  • Seminar Roundtable, `Contemporary Cultures of Writing - Seminar Series Autumn 2021 - Climate change and creativity', Open University, UK (October, 2021) Watch a recording of this event at the School of Advanced Studies (University of London) website here.
  • Living Climate Change -- Panel discussion (fireside chat) with Fridays for Future (July 25, 2021) about climate change, storytelling and our video game -- Survive the Century.
  • Talk about Indian Short Fiction at symposium organised by Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters (July 23, 2021)
  • Interview with Amber Massie-Blomfield of Writers Rebel of Extinction Rebellion, UK about climate fiction and better futures. (October 2020)
  • Released co-edited and co-introduced anthology, `Multispecies Cities - Solarpunk Urban futures' published by World Weaver Press (US), 2021. Reviews and details on this page.
  • Contributed video game (narrative fiction co-contributor) on climate change futures for Survive the Century, a cli-fi game of choice and consequence (Released 2021). Created by Three Kids in a Trenchcoat with the collaboration and support of Climate Interactive, Climate Risk Lab (South Africa), SESYNC, Institute for Carbon Removal and Policy (American University) and FLAIR Fellowship programme. Reviews and details on this page
  • Extended critical analysis of Rajat Chaudhuri's novel The Butterfly Effect in the context of Indian science fiction writing published in the book `Star Warriors of the Modern Raj' (University of Wales Press) by Sami Ahmad KhanExcerpts from Star Warriors of the Modern Raj are available at Google Books.
  • Presentation on storytelling and sustainable food futures (RIHN, Kyoto, Japan, Jan 2021) (image below)
  • Podcast interview with Ayushi Mona on India Booked (Jan 2021)
  • Released a translated anthology of Bengali underground poetry from India and Bangladesh`The Great Bengali Poetry Underground' published by Kitaab, Singapore (2021). More details on this page.
  • Member of the Story Selection and Editors Panel of the Asia-Pacific Solarpunk Anthology  ( World Weaver Press, US).
  • Prof Ivy George Andrews Memorial Lecture 2020 titled, `Sunburnt Stories' Climate and Literature organised by St Joseph's College for Women (English Department), Alappuzha, Kerala. (October 2020)
  • Conversation with eminent Bengali author Anita Agnihotri at Niyogi Books, Instagram Live (5th August, 2020)  
  • Talk on the topic `Sunburnt stories - Climate Change in Fiction' introducing my non-fiction work in progress on Climate Change Literature (Cli-Fi) under Project Samuh of  Swapbook Book Club, Instagram: @swapbookofficial (Image at bottom) (2nd August, 2020)
  • Workshops on 1) Short-story writing, 2) Climate change fiction and 3) Pandemics, OneHealth and Better Futures on invitation from National Library of India for school-goers. (April 2020)
  • Interview  with Rupal Vyas, Purple Pencil Project
  • Interview  with Gopal Lahiri, Muse India
  • Interview and conversation with Jvalant Sampat in Mithila Review
  • Interview with Mary Woodbury, Dragonfly Ecofiction, Canada (The Centre for Sustainable Practice)
  • Villa Sarkia Residency (invited, 2020) of Nuoren Voiman Liitto, Finland
  • What Books Indian Authors are Reading to Get Through the Coronavirus Lockdown in The Dispatch.
  • Invited to speak and present on Climate Change Fiction by the National Library of India (15, Nov 2019) on the occasion of World Book Week. (Report in The Telegraph)
  • Invited to organise a workshop on short story writing by the National Library of India (14. Nov 2019) on the occasion of World Book Week.
  • Keynote speaker at the UGC sponsored National Conference on `Literatures of Climate Change' at St Andrews College, Mumbai (Sept 2019) 
  • Keynote speaker on `Storytelling for Better Futures' (Storytelling in the Anthropocene) at the plenary on culture and sustainability at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong) part of the Global Research Forum 2019. (June 2019)
  • Book reading at China Garden, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, part of cultural evening programmes. (June 2019)
  • Book reading (The Butterfly Effect) talk (biotech in fiction) and book signing  at Museum of Science Fiction, Washington D.C. (USA) part of the Escape Velocity event supported by NASA and others. (May, 2019) 
  • Presentation about sustainability and culture in the context of fiction writing at George Washington University (Washington D.C. USA) part of the International Communication Association (ICA) pre conferences, supported by Indiana university and others. (May 2019)
  • Appointed to judge the Short Story Writing competition of Asian English Olympics, 2019organised by BINUS University and BINUS English Club, Jakarta, Indonesia (Feb 2019)
  • The Best Asian Speculative Fiction was launched at Singapore Writers Festival. (9th November, 2018)
  • Book Launch of The Butterfly Effect at Oxford Bookstores, Calcutta. The book was launched by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay followed by a panel discussion `Speculative Fiction and the Stories of our Times'. (25th September, 2018)
  • Book Reading. Reading from The Butterfly Effect at Sahitya Akademi (National Academy of Letters), Delhi. (28th September, 2018)
  • Book Launch and reading from The Butterfly Effect at Caesuare International Workshop, Hyderabad, organised by Caesurae, CART-T&M and Osmania University  (9th October, 2018) 
  • Appointed to judge (with Lopa Ghosh from India) the Short Story Writing competition at Asian English Olympics, 2018organised by BINUS University and BINUS English Club, Jakarta, Indonesia (Feb 2018)
  • Judged Storytelling Competition organised by the Indian National Library on Children's Day (Nov 2017)
  • Organised Short Story Writing workshop for students at the Indian National Library (Nov 2017)
  • Editing The Best Asian Speculative Fiction anthology for Kitaab, Singapore (Oct 2017)
  • Appointed Creative Writing (Short Story) trainer and coach for college learners by BINUS English Club, BINUS University, Jakarta, Indonesia (July 2017). This is a jointly certified writing course of BINUS University, BINUS English Club and Rajat Chaudhuri.
  • Judged (with Gina Yap Lai Yoong of Malaysia) the Short Story Writing competition at Asian English Olympics,(Jakarta, Indonesia) hosted by BINUS university and organised by BINUS English Club, 2017 
  • Presentation, Studio 21 presentation of Calcutta non-fiction project (Oriental Jones) with Chitpur Local
  • Reading, Caesurae (Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad)
  • Talk at Record Breakers reading Challenge, British Council, Calcutta (for young readers) 
  • Presentation and reading, British Council, Calcutta (for Creative Writing students)
  • Presentation, British Council, Calcutta (for Creative Writing students)
  • Book reading, University of Chichester, UK
  • Readings on the occassion of 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, Sahitya Akademi 
  • Reading and talkDongguk University, Seoul, South Korea
  • Presentation, Eastern and north-eastern writers' meet, Bhubaneswar, Sahitya Akademi (National academy of Letters)
  • Bookstore reading - Crossword
  • Presentations on environment sustainability and rights at United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, New York), Northern Alliance for Sustainability (Netherlands) and elsewhere.

Interviews



More information about Honours, Fellowships, Awards and Listings at the AWARDS page

David Isaksson, Rajat Chaudhuri and Neela Majumdar of Earth Day at Future of the Past - a panel on climate, history, activism and possible futures 

Telegraph image of AKLF Climate Fiction panel with Bittu Sahgal, Neela Majumdar, Dia Mirza, Gargi Rawat and Rajat Chaudhuri 



An Indo-Swedish Book Adda on climate change, books and activism with Rajat Chaudhuri, David Isaksson and Neela Majumdar

Rajat Chaudhuri will be speaking on `Reading Climate Fiction to Communicate Climate Change' at the NSHM international conference

News about the climate fiction panel of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival

News about the panel on dystopia at the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival, 2024


Today's Dystopias, panel at Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 
2024, with Meghna Pant, Rajat Chaudhuri, Swastika Mukherjee and Niladri Chatterjee (Chair)

Climate Fiction Moves, panel at Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 
2024, with Gargi Rawat, Rajat Chaudhuri, Dia Mirza and Bittu Sahgal with Neela Majumdar (Chair)

Press release-Gaurang River prize-Page 1


Press release - Gaurang River Prize (Page 2)



Rajat Chaudhuri delivering the keynote address on non-human futures at the conference organised by Bankura university
Rajat Chaudhuri delivering the keynote address on non-human futures at the conference organised by Bankura university 

Indus Valley World School Lit-A-Thon-Rajat Chaudhuri, workshop on Climate Fiction  (Image source: Edugraph, The Telegraph, 18th Sept, 2023)
Indus Valley World School Lit-A-Thon-Rajat Chaudhuri, workshop on Climate Fiction  (Image source: Edugraph, The Telegraph, 18th Sept, 2023) 



Rajat Chaudhuri interviews Amitav Ghosh for DaakBangla
Rajat Chaudhuri interviews Amitav Ghosh for DaakBangla


Rajat Chaudhuri's creative writing workshop and a solarpunk initiative at NSHM (The Telegraph report)
Rajat Chaudhuri's creative writing workshop and a solarpunk initiative at NSHM (The Telegraph report)

Keynote address by Rajat Chaudhuri (Forthcoming, Centre for Research in Post-Humanities, Bankura University) 



Rajat Chaudhur's Creative Writing Workshop at NSHM



Faculty Development Programme - Teaching Eco-texts and climate fiction-Enhancing English Language Teaching Skills for School Teachers, CLC, NSHM


Rajat Chaudhuri, Reading Day, National Library 



Rajat Chaudhuri speaks about climate and literature at English Literary Society, St Stephen's College, Delhi university





Centre for Language and Communication (CLC) Conversations with Rajat Chaudhuri about climate fiction (cli-fi) and climate change at NSHM, Knowledge Campus

Creative Writing Workshop by Rajat Chaudhuri at Centre for Language and Communication, NSHM, Knowledge Campus


Interviews and cli-fi feature with Rajat Chaudhuri's `The Butterfly Effect' and other authors in Times of India.

Miranda House, Climate fiction talk by Rajat Chaudhuri



Quoted in The Telegraph, 7th May 2023


Storytelling and Sustainable Food Futures-Rajat Chaudhuri(Session 4-4)
Rajat Chaudhuri and some of the other speakers at RIHN symposium on food futures, RIHN (Kyoto, Japan)

India Booked podcast with Rajat Chaudhuri on climate fiction
Rajat Chaudhuri Q&A with Writers Rebel (UK), Extinction Rebellion


Rajat Chaudhuri, Keynote address on climate fiction

Symposium on Indian Short Fiction by Sahitya Akademi, National Academy of Letters, India

Rajat Chaudhuri speaks about an ecocritical reading of the works of Anita Agnihotri, Khoj Sahitya Gosthi, Murshidabad


Rajat Chaudhuri in conversation with Japanese science fiction writer Taiyo Fujii at Kokrajhar Literary Festival, 2024.

Rajat Chaudhuri and Taiyo Fujii, Kokrajhar Literary Festival

Rajat Chaudhuri and Vivimarie Vanderpoorten with Anjali Daimari (Chair) at Kokrajhar Literary Festival




News item in Ei Samay (Times of India group, Bengali) about inclusion of Rajat Chaudhuri's novel in various college/university syllabi

Reviews of Spellcasters

Chaudhuri's prose is lucid; unexpected twists inform this part psycho-logical thriller and part climate fiction.' The Telegraph


Reviews of Multispecies Cities

Listed in `The Definitive Climate Fiction Reading List’' Grist (US)

`Joyously ambitious solarpunk ... excels when entwining relational nuance with keenly handled futurist ideas ... number of gems for fans of climate fiction' Publishers Weekly

`Filled with a polyphony of voices ... Engaging introduction' Leanne Ogasawara, Books on Asia (Japan)


Reviews of The Great Bengali Poetry Underground

`Excellent translation ... Hard to find flavour of a culture in ferment' Scroll

`Translator seems to have masterfully reproduced in English the sting and beat of the original Bengali versions' Indian Literature journal (Sahitya Akademi)

`What comes across in the translations, from the very beginning, are the poems' distinctive Bengali origin' Daily Star (Bangladesh)

`Social-existential cares are interwoven with allusions to local or national issues ... will subtly shift our perception as to the currents of Bengali underground poetry' New Indian Express


Reviews of Calcutta Nights

`Masterfully translated' The Telegraph

`Important from the point of view of culture studies' Indian Literature journal

`Fascinating as a document of the 20th century city'  Trisha Gupta, India Today

`Flawless translation ... retains racy flavour' Sajni Mukherji, Outlook magazine

`Translator craftily balances archaic words with new ones, never upsetting the tonal authenticity of a period piece.' Scroll

`A unique cosmopolitan setting' Business Standard

`Excellent translation ... a crisp read' Ganesh Saili, New Indian Express

`A tale of beauty and decadence' South China Morning Post

`Interesting ... for readers interested in history and the Asian experience of transition to modernity.' Asian Review of Books, Hong Kong

`A guidebook to the dark dens of eeriness' Press Trust of India (PTI)

`What a punch this little volume packs' India Abroad News Service of India (IANS)


Reviews of The Butterfly Effect

`Propels the accumulated anxieties of a city into a shape-shifting future vortex' Anjana Basu, Outlook magazine 

`Explores a Ballardian near-future' Amy Brady, Words Without Borders

`Genre-bending' Amy Brady, Houston Chronicle, USA

`Projects the tropes of a new politics of imagination ... a new eco-sophy is created'Krishnan Unni. P, Indian Literature, Sahitya Akademi 

`Indian novel's story parallels the deadly coronavirus outbreak' Times of India (news)

`Compelling' UNI

`A magic box ... brings Allan Poe to mind' Scroll

`Ten Works of Environmental Literature from Around the World' Book Riot, USA(listing)

`A wild ride, with brilliant and Ballardian descriptions' Eco-fiction

`Vivid storytelling dovetails with a playful structure' Bengaluru Review

`Fifty Must-Read Novels about Eco-Disaster' Book Riot, USA (listing)

`Around the World in 80 Books' Dragonfly Ecofiction (listing)


Reviews of The Best Asian Speculative Fiction

`A necessary and successful conglomerate' The Telegraph

`An important contribution to an ever-expanding and dynamic literary form' Southeast Asian Review of English (SARE), Malaysia

`More than just fantasy' Pune Mirror-Times of India (listing) 

`South Asian Studies Summer Reading List', Prof Mou Banerjee, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA (listing) 


Reviews of Hotel Calcutta

`Sheer power of storytelling' The Telegraph

`A persuasive artist...Hotel Calcutta invites a hungry, urgent reading' Asian Review of Books

`A very innovative frame story' Journal of Commonwealth Literature

`An astounding work that interrogates the myriad surfaces of reality' Indian Literature, Sahitya Akademi

`A dazzling "wall of stories" in Calcutta' The Sunday Guardian

`Very urban and 21st century' Sanjukta Dasgupta

`Chaudhuri tells us something also of the 'art' of the story.' Anu Kumar, The Thumb Print Magazine

`A web both classical and new.' Spark Magazine

`A writer to watch out for' Sushma Joshi, Kitaab

`His themes reveal a deep fascination with human response to the extraordinary’ Helter Skelter

Goodreads


Reviews of Calculus

`Might set a new trend in fiction writing' (in Bengali) Ekak Matra

Reviews of Amber Dusk

`A heady mix of experiences' The Telegraph  

`A memorable novel of East-West encounter' Amitava Roy 

`Another type of writing emerging within Indian English writing' Indian Literature, Sahitya Akademi (JSTOR)

`Praised for its evocation of Calcutta and Paris' Journal of Commonwealth Literature 

`Surrealism explored ... A gifted writer of fiction' Deccan Herald  

`A delicately crafted story about love, loathing and the quest for peace in a time of intolerance' The Statesman  





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