The following is a guest post by SAJAer T DAVAR, a writer and expert on all things Parsi.
Florida-based Fracis was the first South Asian author (and the first Asian, he thinks) to win the Iowa Short Fiction Award, juried via the renowned Iowa Writers' Workshop. In 2001, his short story collection, Ticket to Minto: Stories of India and America, won the Award and was published by the
Slice is a lively, theme-centered literary magazine whose featured authors have included Salman Rushdie and Junot Diaz, among others.
The story Fracis read, "Distant Vision," is from his upcoming novel, A Man of the World. The story, about an Indian Parsi Zoroastrian boy’s damaged eyesight, and the harm that damaged perspective can cause, is a theme central to his in-progress novel. Another excerpt, "Country Roads," will be in the South Asian Review’s next fiction issue.
This reading, at the Center for Fiction in midtown, featured Fracis and other Slice Fall 2009 contributors Sara Lippmann, Anthony Carelli, Matthew Lansburgh, Charity Shumway, and Claire Dunnington.