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Author Shauna Singh Baldwin

IU professor of political science Sumit Ganguly interviews Shauna Singh Baldwin, a Canadian-American novelist who writes about the Indian experience.

Shauna Singh Baldwin smiling, wearing white top and red scarf

Photo: Courtesy of Shauna Singh Baldwin

Shauna Singh Baldwin

I guess I’m just interested in the context of people and how economics drives so much of our lives.

Shauna Singh Baldwin’s first novel What the Body Remembers, the story of two women in a polygamous marriage in occupied India, received the Commonwealth Prize for Best Book. Her second novel, The Tiger Claw, the story of a Sufi Muslim secret agent searching for her beloved through occupied France, was a finalist for Canada’s Giller Prize and has been optioned for the movies.

Baldwin is also co-author of A Foreign Visitor’s Survival Guide to America and her second short-story collection, We Are Not in Pakistan. She and her husband own The Safe House, an espionage-themed restaurant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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