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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Dipika Mukherjee  

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Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Poetry



Illinois Connection

Mukherjee teaches at StoryStudio Chicago and the Graham School at University of Chicago. She has lived in Chicago since 2012.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dipika Mukherjee is a writer and a sociolinguist. Her second novel, Shambala Junction, won the UK Virginia Prize for Fiction and her debut novel, Thunder Demons, was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize. It was republished in 2016 as Ode to Broken Things. Her short story collections include Rules of Desire and edited collections include Champion Fellas, Silverfish New Writing 6 and The Merlion and Hibiscus. She has two poetry collections: The Third Glass of Wine and The Palimpsest of Exile.

Her academic interests include Language Shift in Diasporic Communities, and especially women in the Indian diaspora. Her co-edited book, Language Shifts Among Malaysian Minorities as Effects Of National Language Planning: Speaking in Many Tongues was published by Amsterdam University Press in 2011.

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Titles At Your Library


-- ''Shambala Junction'', *UK Virginia Prize for Fiction -- ''Thunder Demons/Ode to Broken Things'', *long-listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize