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Madhu Bazaz Wangu

Passages & Prose Literary Event

Getting Excited about the Annual Literary Event: Passages & Prose. Would love to see some Mindful Writers and Pennwriters at the Passages & Prose Literary Event! Please mark your calendar for October 7, 2017.     ...

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Why I Wrote the Novel, THE LAST SUTTEE

Why I Wrote the Novel, THE LAST SUTTEE On the morning of September 5, 1987, I was going through the Hillman Library card catalogue at the University of Pittsburgh when a friend stopped by. She told me something I would never forget. She said that an eighteen-year-old Indian woman, named Roop Kanwar, had immolated herself on the pyre of her dead husband. I was dumbfounded. Suttee in the twentieth century? It couldn’t be. But The New York Times confirmed the news. The ritual, known as suttee, was witnessed by the townspeople and thousands more came to see it from nearby villages and towns. When the news was leaked the following day, the town was swarmed for days by Indian and international journalists. I was stunned and speechless, my legs laden...

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Art and Inspiration: An Evening With Creative Minds

My heartfelt thanks to Art and Inspiration Group (Shaler North Hills Library), under the leadership of the renowned painter and sculptor William Rock, for inviting me last night to speak about meditations for creative minds. The discussion with the group of sculptors, artists, poets, writers and photographers was lively, enriching and thought provoking. What an evening! ...

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New Mindful Writers Group (South)

I'm thrilled to announce the third Mindful Writers Group (South) led by our talented Stephanie Keyes! Come and join us for mindful meditation and writing, starting July 21st. Below is a message from Stephanie, the leader of the new group. See you there! MINDFUL WRITERS (South) begins July 21st. Recharge your writing life using Madhu B Wangu’s acclaimed meditation and freeform writing format. The group meets weekly at Upper St. Clair Library’s multi-purpose room from 10am-2pm. We'll meditate for fifteen minutes and write together for three to four hours. The camaraderie and the productivity are so fulfilling that, at times, it even surprises those practicing this method for years. Come and experience it yourself! Email Stephanie Keyes to reserve your spot. Don’t wait! These groups fill up fast....

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National Indie Excellence Award Winner!

I'm thrilled to announce that The Immigrant Wife: Her Spiritual Journey has won the National Indie Excellence Award! A couple of weeks ego, it was named a Finalist in the Multicultural Fiction Category by a different committee, the 2017 Next Generation Book Awards!   "In The Immigrant Wife, Madhu B. Wangu brings to life a mysterious time and place. Wangu creates rich, dynamic images of India, comparable to her watercolors, evoking every sense. Wangu's style is gentle and quiet, like the protagonist, and deeply powerful. This tale of love and nurturing, loss and growth, and transformation will stay with readers long after they finish the novel." (Kathleen Shoop, Award Winning Author of The Last Letter and After the Fog)

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Chance Meetings, a ‘da Vinci Eye’ Award Winner

I'm thrilled to announce that the cover of my story collection, Chance Meetings (Designer: Jenny Toney Quinlan) was a finalist for the 2017 da Vinci Eye Award! Here's the description from the website: "Each year, the Eric Hoffer Award presents the da Vinci Eye to books with superior cover artwork. Cover art is judged on both content and style. The da Vinci Eye is given in honor of the historic artist, scientist, and inventor Leonardo da Vinci." [caption id="attachment_40990" align="alignleft" width="214"] da Vinci Eye Award Winner[/caption]...

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