Tenzin Dickie: Tibetan Short Stories

Tuesday December 5: 7:00PM 8:00PM

Buy a $15 gift card in-store at the Strand's main floor registers or at the door to attend. This event will take place in the Rare Book Room on the Strand's 3rd floor, accessible via the main store elevator or the stairs and elevator next door at 826 Broadway.

Join us in the Rare Book Room for a reading and conversation with editor and translator Tenzin Dickie for the OR Books collection Old Demons, New Deities: Twenty-One Short Stories from Tibet, featuring Pema Bhum and Jamyang Norbu.


Tenzin Dickie is a writer and literary translator in New York City. Her writings and translations have appeared in Tibetan Review, Indian Literature, Cultural Anthropology, The Washington Post online, Himal SouthAsian, Words Without Borders and Modern Poetry in Translation. She is an editor of Treasury of Lives, a biographical encyclopedia of Tibet, Inner Asia and the Himalayan Region. A 2014-2015 fellow of the American Literary Translators’ Association, she holds an MFA from Columbia and a BA in English literature from Harvard.

Pema Bhum, writer and scholar, is author of two Tibetan memoirs of the Cultural Revolution. His first memoir, Six Stars with a Crooked Neck, was published by Tibet Times. His second memoir (Remembering Dorje Tsering) was published by Amnye Machen Institute in Dharamsala, India, of which Bhum is a founding director. He has taught as associate professor of Tibetan Literature at the Northwest Minority Institute, PRC, and visiting assistant professor of Tibetan Language at Indiana University. He is director of Latse Contemporary Tibetan Cultural Library and Lecturer in Tibetan at Columbia University.

Jamyang Norbu is a novelist, historian, playwright and polem-cist. He is known as one of the best and certainly the most controversial Tibetan writers at work today, principally on account of his numerous essays on Tibetan politics, history and culture. His novel Mandala of Sherlock Holmes won the Crossword Book Award, India’s equivalent of the Booker Prize, and has been published in a half dozen languages. Norbu was a member of the Tibetan resistance force in Mustang on the Nepal-Tibet border. He currently lives in Tennessee with his wife and two daughters.