(NEW MARLBOROUGH, Mass.) — Indian actress and cookbook author Madhur Jaffrey and Zimbabwean author and filmmaker Peter Godwin will attempt to answer the question, “Why America?”, in a conversation hosted by Englishman Simon Winchester in Music & More’s literary series at the Meeting House on the Village Green on Saturday, October 3, at 4:30 pm. The authors will discuss just why they have chosen to settle and write thousands of miles from their homelands in the United States.
Peter Godwin is an author, journalist, screenwriter, documentary filmmaker, and former human rights lawyer. Best known for his writings concerning the breakdown of his native Zimbabwe, he has reported from more than 60 countries and written several books. He is currently President of PEN American Center and resides in Manhattan, New York with his wife, Joanna Coles, who was named Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan in 2012.
Madhur Jaffrey, CBE, is an Indian actress, active in radio, theatre, television and film as well as a food writer, authoring numerous cookbooks and television chef and entrepreneur who, alongside acclaimed performances in such films as Shakespeare Wallah, Six Degrees of Separation, and Heat and Dust, introduced the Western world to the many cuisines of India.
Simon Winchester, OBE, host, is a British author and journalist and resident of Sandisfield, Mass. Through his career at The Guardian, and the London Sunday Times, Winchester covered numerous significant events, including Bloody Sunday, the Indian emergency, the creation of Bangladesh, and the Watergate Scandal. As an author, Winchester has written more than 26 nonfiction books, including The Professor and the Madman and Krakatoa. His newest book, a history of the modern Pacific Ocean, comes out at the end of October.
Music and More, founded by Harold Lewin (1929 – 2014), is a unique multi-arts series presented in New Marlborough’s Meeting House on the Village Green. In its 24th season, Music & More continues its vital contribution to the vibrant musical community of the Berkshires, offering outstanding chamber music and literary events with today’s finest musicians and writers. A program of the New Marlborough Village Association, this unique multi-genre series hosts exceptional established and next-generation musicians, writers and other creative artists in performance in a beautiful New England setting.