Author Sindya Bhanoo to speak at Clark College on October 19

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October 4, 2023

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Oregon Book Award winner to kick off 2023-24 Columbia Writers Series

Portrait image of Sindya Bhanoo

VANCOUVER, Wash. — The Clark College Columbia Writers Series kicks off its 2023-24 season with Sindya Bhanoo, recipient of the 2023 Oregon Book Award for Fiction. This event, which is free and open to the public, will be at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 19 in Penguin Union Building (PUB) room 258 A-B on Clark College's main campus, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver.

Bhanoo is the author of the story collection Seeking Fortune Elsewhere. She is the 2023 winner of the Oregon Book Award for fiction, the New American Voices Award and an O. Henry Prize. 

Seeking Fortune Elsewhere was a finalist for the Pen/Bingham Award and longlisted for both the Story Prize and the ALA’s Carnegie Medal for Excellence.

A longtime newspaper reporter, Sindya has worked for The New York Times and The Washington Post. She lives in Corvallis, Oregon and teaches creative writing at Oregon State University.

The Columbia Writers Series was launched at Clark College in 1988, bringing local, national and international authors to the college and the region. Learn more about the Columbia Writers Series at

Other events featured during the 2023-24 series are:

This event is held on Clark College’s main campus at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way. Directions and maps are available online

If you need an accommodation due to a disability in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Clark College’s Human Resources office.

Phone: 360-992-2105

About Clark College

Founded in 1933 and celebrating its 90th year, Clark College provides residents of Southwest Washington with affordable, high-quality academic and technical education. It is a public community college offering more than 100 degree and certificate programs, including bachelor’s and associate degrees; professional certificates; high school diplomas and GED preparation; and non-credit community and continuing education. Clark serves a wide range of students including high school students, displaced workers, veterans, parents, non-native English speakers, and mature learners. Approximately three-quarters of its students are in the first generation of their families to attend college.