This year’s featured work is The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. Events will include a flash mob-style Bhangra dance party, films,, book discussions, author presentations and Indian cooking demonstrations.
These are some of the free events:
- Sunday, March 16: Big Read Kick Off! 11 a.m. , at 14th and Ocean Drive on Miami Beach; 3 p.m. at Panther Coffee, 2390 NW Second Ave., Wynwood. Bhangra Time! will bring a random act of Indian culture with dancer Ranjana Warier and her troupe presenging a colorful blend of traditional and contemporary Indian dancing, including Bhangra. Free copies of the book The Namesake will be available.
- Saturday, March 22: Free screening of The Darjeeling Limited by Wes Anderson. 1 p.m., O Cinema, 90 NW 29 St., Wynwood. The first 50 attendees will receive a free copy of The Namesake.
- Wednesday, March 26: World Music by DJ Rekha: A Women’s History Month Event, noon to 1 p.m., MDC Wolfson Campus, Student Life Patio, 300 NE 2 Ave., Downtown. This British-born DJ is a curator, record label owner, and educator. Dubbed “one of the most influential South Asians,” Rekha is among the first deejays to merge classic Bhangra and Bollywood sounds into the language of contemporary electronic dance music.
- Saturday, March 29: Free screening of Bride and Prejudice by Gurinder Chadha, 1 p.m. at O Cinema, 90 NW 29 St., Wynwood. This is a Bollywood adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The first 50 attendees will receive a free copy of The Namesake.
- Wednesday, April 9: Big Read keynote with journalist Suketo Mehta on “Maximum Cities: Bombay/New York?” at 8 p.m. at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables. Mehta is the New York-based author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found.
- Saturday, April 12: Screening of The Namesake by Mira Nair, 7 p.m., Koubek Center Art Cinema, 2705 SW ThirdSt., Miami. This film explores Indian culture and the cross-culture shift through Lahiri’s young main character, Gogol. The first 50 attendees will receive a free copy of The Namesake.