Silas House and Neela Vaswani Help BCTC Kickoff College Common Read of "Same Sun Here" | BCTC

Silas House and Neela Vaswani Help BCTC Kickoff College Common Read of "Same Sun Here"

Published on Sep 24, 2019

Silas House on stage at BCTCBluegrass Community and Technical College welcomed authors Silas House and Neela Vaswani as the college kicked off the common read of their novel, "Same Sun Here."

House and Vaswani shared with students, staff, faculty and community members that the novel, much like the story it tells, was created by House and Vaswani as they wrote letters back and forth to each other over the course of a year, including actual dates and current events. Like the characters, River and Meena, they put ink to paper to create each letter that went between them and sent letters through the mail for the first time in their lives.

House, in person, and Vaswani via Skype discussed coauthoring the novel and the connection that grew between them in the process. "We have a profound bond," said House referring to Vaswani. "We gave each other momentum," responded Vaswani. House explained how writing a novel is a solitary act, but it was such a different experience to have someone to write to and receive response from to further the story.  He felt they made each other's characters richer by interacting in this way.

Savannah Sipple, BCTC professor and author, shared the "Same Sun Here" offers "a world where dialogue and listening bring us together or tear us apart." This is what makes the novel so relevant to the college community and community at large.

BCTC students, staff and faculty will participate in the common read of this novel during the 2019-20 school year. This is the first of several events planned around sharing the ideas presented in the novel. Community members are welcome to join the events listed on the Common Read calendar.