Forthcoming in August 2018 A sumptuous biographical saga, both intimate and  epic, about the waning of the British Empire in  India   The Last Englishmen Love, War, and the End of Empire John Auden was a pioneering geologist of the Himalayas. Michael Spender was the first to survey the northern approach to the summit of Mount Everest. While their younger brothers—W. H. Auden and Stephen Spender—achieved literary fame, they vied to be included on an expedition that would deliver Everest’s summit to an Englishman, a quest that had become a metaphor for Britain’s struggle to maintain power over India. To this rivalry was added another: in the summer of 1938 both men fell in love with a painter named Nancy Sharp. Her choice would determine where each man’s wartime loyalties would lie. Set in Calcutta, London, the glacier- locked wilds of the Karakoram, and on Everest itself, The Last Englishmen is also the story of a generation. The cast of the drama includes Indian and English writers and artists, explorers and communist spies, Die Hards and Indian nationalists, political rogues and police informers. Key among them is a highborn Bengali named Sudhindranath Datta, a melancholy soul torn between hatred of the British Empire and a deep love of European literature, a poet whose life would be upended by the arrival of war on his Calcutta doorstep. Dense with romance and intrigue, and of startling relevance for the great power games of our own day, The Last Englishmen is an engrossing story that traces the end of empire and the stirring of a new world order. Graywolf Press Nonfiction, 356 pages, 6 x 9 Hardcover, $26.00 978-1-55597-804-4 http://www.whiting.org/awards/content/deborah -baker#/ February 20-22, 2015 3rd Annual Lahore Literary Festival  http://www.lahorelitfest.com/ October 1-5, 2014 11th Annual Ubud Literary Festival  http://www.ubudwritersfestival.com/ December 6th, 2012 7:00 pm Reading at Common Good Books 38 S Snelling Avenue St. Paul, MN 55105 December 3-5, 2012 St. Benedict's College St. Joseph, Minnesota July 18, 2012 6 pm. The Community Library 415 Spruce Avenue Ketchum Idaho May 30, 2012 6:30 / doors open 6:00 pm Writers Read NYC Hosted by Gene Albertelli, Joel Hinman, Andrée Lockwood & Sarah McElwain www.writersreadnyc.com   The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge  | 158 Bleecker Street NYC 212.505.FISH info@lprnyc.com http://lepoissonrouge.com/events/view/2880 April 22, 2012   3:30-6:30 pm CelebriTEA  Reading and talk New Rochelle Public Library April 16, 2012 Rotunda University of Virginia, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Charlottesville, Virginia April 2, 2012 South Asia Institute 606 West 122 Knox Hall Columbia University New York City March 11, 2012  11 am The Gershman Y -- Reading and talk 401 South Broad Street Philadelphia PA March 6, 2012  2:00 pm Larchmont Historical Society 740 West Boston Post Road Mamaroneck NY  March 1, 2012  4:00 pm 6032 Sauborn House Dartmouth College Hanover, NH February 11-12, 2012 Karachi Literary Festival Karachi University