Ann Marsden

Swati Avasthi

Fiction, Young Adult

Swati Avasthi is a fiction writer and professor of creative writing at Hamline University. Her debut novel Split won the Cybils Young Adult Fiction Award and the Parents' Choice Silver Award; it was also listed as a New Voices pick by the Association of Booksellers for Children, and a Best Fiction for Young Adults pick by the American Library Association. Avasthi's second novel, Chasing Shadows, received starred reviews from Kirkus, Publisher's Weekly, and School Library Journal, and was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award. Her short story "Swallow," published in Water~Stone Review, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was included in the 2009 Best American New Voices collection. 

Festival Years: 2014

Recommended Reading


Chasing Shadows