Q&A with S.A. Chakraborty


Get to know 2018 Festival speaker S.A. Chakraborty, author of City of Brass, the first book in the Daevabad trilogy…

If you could make everyone in the world read one book, which would it be?

Now this, I’m not sure I can answer; reading is so subjective! But I’ll offer Laila Lalami’s The Moor’s Account, which is one of the finest books I’ve ever read and brings history alive in an extraordinary manner.

What is your favorite aspect of participating in book festivals?

Meeting fans, of course! I’m still a new author, and this part is so much fun.

Which other speakers are you excited to see or hoping to meet at the Festival?

I’m looking forward to my panel on science fiction and fantasy! I love geeking out with fellow writers about this stuff.

Which part of your book are you most proud of?

I’m a big history buff, and I really enjoyed being able to bring aspects of a history we don’t see often—the medieval Islamic world—to the page in an exciting and authentic way.

What are you working on next?

I’m working on the sequel to my debut (and very swiftly—epic fantasy takes a lot of time!)

In the 2018 Virginia Festival of the Book, S.A. Chakraborty will participate in Speculative Fiction: Mythologies, Magic, and Time Travel on Friday, March 23.