Address Book

A Publishing Memoir In the time of COVID

Ritu Menon

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Locked down and housebound, the author leafs through her address book, looking for a name and number from long ago. As she turns the pages and sees the entries in it, she recalls the many remarkable encounters and experiences she has had in her 35 years as a feminist publisher. Writers, publishers, friends and co-travellers, all part of an international women’s movement and of an internationalism in publishing that set it apart from the multinational corporate model, then and now. The books she made, the authors she published, the issues she raised, and the friendships she forged, North and South — this little book offers a glimpse into what has been a wonderfully rich and rewarding feminist endeavour, and the sheer exhilaration of being at its cutting edge.

Ritu Menon

Ritu Menon is co-founder of Kali for Women, India's oldest feminist press, and of Women Unlimited, an associate of Kali for Women. She has written and published widely on women, and is co-author of Borders & Boundaries: Women in India's Partition; Unequal Citizens: A Study of Muslim Women in India; Educating Muslim Girls: A Comparison of Five Indian Cities; and From Mathura to Manorama: Resisting Violence Against Women in India. Her most recent book is Out of Line: a literary and political biography of Nayantara Sahgal. She was awarded the Padma Shri in 2011.