Maya Jasanoff is the author of two award-winning works of nonfiction. Her most recent book, Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World (2011), tells the previously untold story of the more than sixty thousand loyalists who fled the United States in the years following the American Revolution, settling in places as diverse as Jamaica, Nova Scotia, and Sierra Leone. Her first book, Edge of Empire: Lives, Culture, and Conquest in the East, 1750–1850 (2005), investigates Britain’s expansion into Egypt and India through the lens of European art collectors. Jasanoff will discuss works by Johan Zoffany, who produced a substantial number of paintings during his six-year residence in India between 1783 and 1789.
Established in 2013 with a gift from the late novelist Donald Windham in memory of his partner of forty years, Sandy M. Campbell, the Windham-Campbell Prizes at Yale University recognize writers from any country and call attention to their literary achievement, providing them with the opportunity to focus on their work independent of financial concerns. This year’s eight recipients hail from the United States, Canada/Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, New Zealand, Yankunytjatjara Aboriginal/Australia, and Ireland, and were chosen in four categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit windhamcampbell.org.