October 9, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
6:00 pm

An Evening with Ann Tashi Slater


Widely published writer Ann Tashi Slater comes to the Institute from Tokyo, where she is Professor of American Literature at Japan Women’s University. She will read from her work and discuss the history of her Tibetan family, whose world included “East and West, old Tibet and British India; butter tea with the Thirteenth Dalai Lama at his summer palace in Lhasa and a pink gin at Firpo’s, a Calcutta Raj-era hotspot.” Through photos, film clips, and readings, Prof. Slater will share family stories ranging from turn-of-the-century Tibet to present-day Darjeeling, and talk about the friendship between her great-grandfather and the Thirteenth Dalai Lama. The evening will be a look at family and cultural legacy, individual and collective memory, and vanishing traditions. Audience members will receive a signed copy of Slater’s chapbook, Travels Within and Without.

Suggested readings

Teatime in Darjeeling – an exploration of my Tibetan roots through tea (Tin House), featured on Lit Hub and a Notable in Best American Essays 2018

Tibetan Butter Tea and Pink Gin – my grandmother’s life in Raj-era India and turn-of-the-century Tibet (Kyoto Journal)

Traveling in Bardo – a near-fatal illness I experienced as a Tibetan bardo “between-state” and a reconnection with my ancestors (AGNI)


 $25, Members $15, $5 Educator Members 


Ann Tashi Slater has been published by The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Tin House, AGNI, Catapult, Granta, and the HuffPost, among others. Her writing appears in Women in Clothes (Penguin) and American Dragons (HarperCollins), and her translation of fiction by Reinaldo Arenas was published in Old Rosa (Grove). Current projects include a novel based on her Tibetan family history and a memoir about a pilgrimage to her ancestral homeland. She speaks and teaches in Asia, the U.S., and Europe; a longtime resident of Tokyo, she is Professor of American Literature at Japan Women’s University.