I’m delighted to be speaking about the Kural in conversation with actor Jeanne Dougherty at Vashon Center for the Arts (VCA).
If you live in the region, I most heartily encourage you to attend in person.
If you live elsewhere, I encourage you, equally as heartily, to watch the livestream free or by donation.
Here’s a description of the event:
In South India, the Kural is revered as a guide to practicing goodness and good sense in daily life. Yet this masterpiece of world literature, on par with the Tao Te Ching and the poetry of Rumi, has long lacked translations that make its wisdom available in English. In honor of National Poetry Month, Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma reads from his new translation and speaks with actor Jeanne Dougherty about his twenty-year journey to bring it to life. Whether you attend in person or online, he hopes that you’ll come away feeling inspired, reconnected to your own sources of knowing, and reminded of truths that can help all of us navigate times of great change with grace.
Copies of the Kural may be purchased from the Vashon Bookshop beforehand or at the reading itself.