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Name:  Mary Anne Mohanraj  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Romance Science_Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1971 in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Mohanraj lives in Oak Park.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mary Anne Mohanraj is author of Bodies in Motion (HarperCollins) and fourteen other titles. Bodies in Motion was a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards, a USA Today Notable Book, and has been translated into six languages. She's received a Locus Award, a CFW Breaking Barriers Award, an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, and more. Mohanraj is Clinical Associate Professor of fiction and literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago, serves as Executive Director of DesiLit (, and directs the Kriti Festival of Art and Literature ( She founded and served for ten issues as editor-in-chief of Jaggery, a South Asian literary journal ( She serves on the board of her local garden club she loves incorporating garden harvests into her recipes and was recently elected to the Oak Park library board.

Mohanraj was born in Sri Lanka in 1971, and moved to America at the age of 2. When she was young, her family would go back often to visit grandparents and other relatives, until the war intervened. Since peace returned, Mohanraj has started travelling back to Sri Lanka more often for research and pleasure. She's currently working on a video game, Sigiriya, based on 5th century Sri Lanka, in partnership with the company, Rad Magpie, and is developing a food tour and writing retreat to be held on the island.

When she's not cooking, Mohanraj is writing science fiction and superhero stories; recent books include The Stars Change (Sri Lankans in space), and stories for George R.R. Martin's Wild Cards anthology

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A feast of Serendib :
ISBN: 1645432750. OCLC Number: 1139518255

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"We come together with other Sri Lankans homelander and diaspora, Sinhalese and Tamil, Buddhist and Hindu and Christian and Muslim over delicious shared meals. Sri Lanka has been a multi-ethnic society for over two thousand years, with neighbors of different ethnicities, languages, religions, living side by side. We try to teach our children to be welcoming to all, to share our unique cultural traditions. That is part of what it means to be Sri Lankan, what it has always meant. Dark roasted curry powder, a fine attention to the balance of salty-sour-sweet, wholesome red rice and toasted curry leaves, plenty of coconut milk and chili heat. These are the flavors of Sri Lanka, a South Asian island at the crossroads of centuries of migration and trade. Can we choose the good parts of our culture to cherish, and leave the darker aspects behind? I hope so. I hope food can help provide a pathway there. Come together at our table, sharing milk rice and pol sambol, paruppu and crab curry. Linger over the chai just one more cup. Eat, drink, and share joy. In A Feast of Serendib, novelist and post-colonial academic Mary Anne Mohanraj introduces her mother s cooking and her own American adaptations, providing an introduction to Sri Lankan American cooking that is straightforward enough for a beginner, yet nuanced enough to capture the unique flavors of Sri Lankan cooking."--Back cover.

A taste of Serendib :
ISBN: 1590211006. OCLC Number: 63268722

Lethe Press,. .

Aqua erotica /
ISBN: 0609806564. OCLC Number: 44944127

Three Rivers Press,. .

"18 stories for a steamy bath"--Cover.

Bodies in motion :
ISBN: 006078119X. OCLC Number: 76819576

Harper Perennial,. .

Kathryn in the city
ISBN: 9781101216569. OCLC Number: 773612238

Gotham Books,. .

Kathryn in the City follows you, as Kathryn, from a small Indiana town to San Francisco, where you decide whether to pursue a relationship with a sexy post-doctoral student, have a dalliance with a lesbian stripper, or shag your gay roommate's boyfriend, to name just a few of the possible fantasies you can choose from along your narrative journey. But always beware of the perils of big-city life that might leave you imprisoned in a dark dungeon with nary a Prince Charming in sight.

Perennial: A Garden Romance
ISBN: 1590216407. OCLC Number: 1032579153

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Silence and the word /
ISBN: 159021014X. OCLC Number: 895863125

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"A new collection drawing from the many areas of Mary Anne Mohanraj's work, Silence and the word includes everything from enticing erotica to Sri Lankan-American immigrant tales, from romantic poetry to provocative essays."--Page [4] of cover.

The classics professor /
ISBN: 1592400310. OCLC Number: 52040243

Gotham Books,. .

The stars change /
ISBN: 1613901178. OCLC Number: 1123219644

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"The Stars Change: an erotic science fiction novel-in-stories. On a South Asian-settled university planet, tensions are rising, and as they reach the brink of interstellar war, life (and sex) continues. Humans, aliens, and modified humans gather at the University of All Worlds in search of knowledge ... and self-knowledge ... but the first bomb has fallen and the fate of this multicultural, multispecies mecca is in question. Some people will seek solace in physical contact, some will look for spiritual answers, while others will find their strength in community, family, and love. Some will rush home to make love to their wife. Or wives. Or husbands. Or indeterminate gender human and/or alien partners. Others will be forced to decide where they stand -- what is worth fighting for, or maybe even worth dying for."--Page 4 of cover.

Torn shapes of desire :
ISBN: 1885876033. OCLC Number: 36755400

Intangible Assets Manufacturing,. .

Wet :
ISBN: 0609808974. OCLC Number: 49512250

Three Rivers Press,. .