VJ Books Presents Author Vikram Chandra!
Vikram Chandra was born in 1961 in New Delhi. He graduated magna cum laude, BA in English, from Pomona College (California, USA) in 1984. He then attended the Film School at Columbia University in New York. He left film school halfway to begin work on his first novel, Red Earth and Pouring Rain. He also obtained an MA at Johns Hopkins and an MFA at the University of Houston.
Red Earth and Pouring Rain was written over several years at the writing programs at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Houston. While writing Red Earth and Pouring Rain, Vikram taught literature and writing, and also worked independently as a computer programmer and software and hardware consultant.
Red Earth and Pouring Rain was published in 1995 and won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book and the David Higham Prize for Fiction. Sacred Games was published in 2006 in India and in the United States in 2007. It won the Hutch Crossword Award for English Fiction for 2006 and a Salon Book Award for 2007; it was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. In 2016, Sacred Games was chosen by Netflix to be their first original series from India.
His work has been translated into nineteen languages. In 2015, he was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Vikram Chandra currently divides his time between Mumbai and Berkeley, California, where he teaches creative writing at the University of California. He lives with his wife Melanie Abrams, who is also a novelist. (Photo Credit: Melanie Abrams).
Vikram Chandra Bibliography
Red Earth and Pouring Rain - 1995
- Sacred Games - 2007
- Love and Longing in Bombay: Stories - 1997
- Geek Sublime: Writing Fiction, Coding Software - 2013
Vikram Chandra Awards
- Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book - Red Earth and Pouring Rain
- David Higham Prize for Fiction - Red Earth and Pouring Rain
- 2006 Hutch Crossword Award for English Fiction - Sacred Games
- 2007 Salon Book Award - Sacred Games
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