Novelist to speak Nov. 13 at Penn State York

Novelist Sujata Massey will give a reading and discuss her new novel, “The Sleeping Dictionary,” at noon Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Penn State York.  The program, in the Community Room of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center, is free and open to the public.  A question-and-answer session with the author will follow the presentation.

Massey, born in England to parents from India and Germany, has an undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University and worked as a journalist with the “The Evening Sun,” in Baltimore, Md.   She moved to Japan, where her husband was stationed, and there studied Japanese, taught English, and began writing detective fiction. Eventually, she wrote 10 detective novels featuring a Japanese-American heroine, Rei Shimura, who uses her knowledge of Japanese culture to solve cross-cultural mysteries. Massey’s novels have won Agatha and Macavity awards and were nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark awards.

Since completing the Rei Shimura series, Massey has turned to historical fiction. Her August 2013 release, “The Sleeping Dictionary,” is a sweeping tale about a girl orphaned by a tidal wave who must make her way in pre-independence India. The novel was published in Simon & Schuster’s Gallery line, and also in an audiobook published by Dreamscape. It’s the first in a series of historical suspense novels featuring Bengali women, who each play a role in making modern India.

Massey’s books have been published in more than 18 countries. She is based near Washington, D.C. and more information about her is available by visiting

Massey’s appearance is part of Teaching International, a curriculum and campus globalization initiative at the Penn State York campus. Each year, the campus selects a country or region and a theme as a focus for instructional and co-curricular events. For the inaugural year of the program, Penn State York is focusing on the Indian Subcontinent and Global Health. The 2014-15 region and theme will be announced in April 2014.

Last Updated November 07, 2013