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Reading Californians Book Discussion: The Archer

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San Francisco Chronicle columnist Barbara Lane has described Shruti Swamy's The Archer as "a coming-of-age novel set in 1970s Bombay. A key element of the book is Kathak, a classical dance form."

This California Book Awards 2022 gold medal winner gives us insight not only into a young South Asian woman's life but also into how her love of Kathak stabilizes her life. The images of India are vibrant and memorable.

Join us in-person or online to hear directly from the author (who will join us via Zoom) and to share your thoughts and questions on the book and the issues it raises.

MLF Organizer
Kalena Gregory

This program has 2 types of tickets available: In-person and online-only. For online viewing, pre-register to receive a link to the live-stream event.

Safety Protocols for in-person attendance:

  • We follow best practices laid out by the CDC and state and local guidelines.
  • We strongly recommend vaccination for guests, staff, and volunteers.
  • Masks are encouraged while indoors (if you do not have one and would like one, inquire at our front desk for a complimentary mask).
  • We reserve the right to require different rules for specific events as necessary.

Our LEED Gold-certified building is designed to cool with outside air, using digitally controlled moveable windows and large ceiling fans. We are deploying additional HEPA filters inside to scrub the air. This is all in addition to increased cleaning of surfaces throughout the building.

We welcome donations made during registration to support the production of our online programming.

A Reading Californians Member-led Forum program. Forums at the Club are organized and run by volunteer programmers who are members of The Commonwealth Club, and they cover a diverse range of topics. Learn more about our Forums.

All ticket sales are final and nonrefundable.

Tue, Feb 7 / 5:00 pm PST

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Max Thelen Board Room
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States


Shruti Swami

Author, The Archer

Kalena Gregory

Chair, Reading Californians Member-led Forum, The Commonwealth Club of California—Moderator


4:30 p.m. doors open & check-in
5–6:15 p.m. program
(all times PDT)


Free for members
$5 nonmembers
Free for members
$5 nonmembers