It’s always exciting to start representing a new client, especially when that client is an author whose work you so, so love. Which is why we’re super thrilled to have Mitali Perkins part of The Booking Biz family.
Mitali is the author of 10 novels for young readers, including the highly acclaimed RICKSHAW GIRL, BAMBOO PEOPLE, and TIGER BOY. And she has a new book coming out in the fall from FSG/Macmillan called YOU BRING THE DISTANT NEAR, which, as of this writing, has been long-listed for the National Book Award.
As loved as her writing is, Mitali is also much loved as a speaker. She was called a “Most Engaging Author” by independent booksellers across the U.S. and honored as a “Literary Light for Children” by the Associates of the Boston Public Library.
Born in Kolkata, India, Mitali had lived in five countries by the time she was 11 and her family settled in California. As such, she has experienced first-hand the need for cultures to cross borders, and she speaks on that topic in both her books and her presentations.
Mitali is also a teacher, which explains where she honed all those great speaking skills. After studying in Stanford and U.S. Berkeley, she taught in middle schools, high schools and colleges. She’s now an Adjunct Associate Professor at Saint Mary’s College of California.
When she’s not writing, speaking or teaching, Mitali loves to hike, play tennis and spend time in libraries and bookstores.