Author Shanthi Sekharan came to the publishing offices to read about Billie Jean King, one of the best tennis players of all time with 39 Grand Slam titles. In this reading, however, Shanthi emphasizes that Billie Jean King was so much more than her athletic prowess: King stood up for LGBTQ and women’s rights throughout her life, even when it could have hurt her career as a professional athlete.
This is the next installment in the video series from City Lights where we ask women we admire to read their favorite entry of our New York Times-bestselling children’s book, Rad American Women A-Z, and answer some questions about what it means to be a rad woman today. The book is authored by Kate Schatz, illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl and published by City Lights/Sister Spit.
Shanthi Sekaran was born and raised in California, and now splits her time between Berkeley and London. A graduate of UC Berkeley and the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, she was first published in Best New American Voices 2004 (Harcourt). Her first novel, The Prayer Room, was released in July 2009 by MacAdam/Cage, and will soon be available in India from Harper Collins. Her forthcoming book is Lucky Boy from Penguin.